Real Madrid winger, Gareth Bale, has heaped praises on his team-mate, Cristiano Ronaldo, whom he believes is the best player in the world.
The Welshman attended an event to present a new Adidas football shoe and took the opportunity to talk about the team’s current situation and explain how he settled in at Real.
Bale says he is proud to play alongside FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, saying: “he is simply the best player in the world, he is completely extraordinary and it really helps me being part of a strike-force that includes him.”
Real’s record-signing says coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has helped him a lot and he doesn’t mind playing on the right wing.
“As a coach he has given us the idea of trusting our chances and having faith in our potential and that has helped us to keep improving in the areas we're working on,” Bale continued.
"Last year I was playing in the midfield or on the right wing for Tottenham, so this is not a strange position for me. I enjoy playing in that position because I think I perform really well there.”
When asked about the upcoming Clasico, Bale said Real must focus on the match against Malaga first.
"At the moment, the next match is against Málaga in La Liga and we are concentrated on playing well and getting the three points,” he responded.
“Afterwards we will be focused on the Clásico against Barcelona. It is important to win those matches against Barcelona. It is important to play our best football in those matches”.
The 24-year-old also discussed the Los Blancos’ La Liga lead and their chances to win the first treble in the club’s history.
“We are still in all three competitions and we have a chance to win all three, but you have to take it a match at a time to try and achieve it,” Bale added.
“We are in a good position in La Liga. We are first and we have a lead, but there are still 11 matches to play and we have to focus and keep winning so that we don't have to worry about what the other teams are doing.
“In the Champions League there are obviously strong teams left, there are no favourites. The goal is to win the European Cup, but we have to take it a match at a time.
“We hope we can get that coveted Décima. Winning the title is always difficult, but these are great matches and we are looking forward to playing them.”
Bale experienced a difficult start at Bernabeu, after he missed the pre-season at the club and picked up an early injury, but is working hard to impress. In his 29 games for Real, Bale has scored 15 goals and picked up 14 assists.
“I have improved quite a lot, I feel good and everything takes its time,” he concluded.
“I have a lot of years left in this career and I hope to be able to be able to give the team more each year.”
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