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Not for the first time in the past few seasons, Tottenham talisman Gareth Bale has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, after another match-winning performance.

The Welsh international put Spurs in the driving seat against Lyon in their Europa League last-32 first leg tie with a blinding brace.

He has now scored all of the London club’s last six goals, as they make light of having just one fit striker.

In and amongst Bale’s brilliant catalogue of goals is his mazy run and finish against Norwich last month.

And last night his two remarkable free kicks left Lyon gasping, their 'keeper clutching at straws, and pundits drawing the inevitable comparisons to CR7.

After the match, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas was asked again about the similarities between his Portuguese compatriot and his star player.

"Yes,” AVB said. “He's going through a great individual moment, scoring lots of goals for the team.

"I think it's his best goalscoring season for Tottenham. You just see that the player is really enjoying his football and taking a buzz out of it.

"We've seen him score three in two games from this situation and there is that possibility, there is an expectation because the player strikes it well and anything can happen, most likely a goal is likely to happen."

Lyon manager Remi Garde also sees similarities between Ronaldo and Bale, especially in their dead ball prowess.

"If you mean in the context of the way they take free-kicks, I think you could make a decent comparison, if you're referring to the way the ball dips and drops over the wall,” Garde said, swallowing the pain dished out by Bale’s sumptuous strikes.

“We used to have a player at Lyon called Juninho and we always used to think with him that every time we got a free-kick in that area it was like a penalty. We've seen tonight that it's a little bit like that with Bale and Tottenham."

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