Gareth Bale: One day, I can get to Cristiano Ronaldo’s level

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has totaled eye-catching statistics only months into the season, doing exactly what we’ve come to expect out of the one of the world’s best.

The Portugal international has scored a positive goal-appearance ratio, having amassed 23 goals over 17 games, a feature that’s noticed among few other footballers across the world.

And signed in 2013 for an even greater fee than the 29-year-old phenom, midfielder Gareth Bale, who scored one of many goals in Real’s latest win over lesser La Liga opponent Rayo Vallecano, told press that he aspires to reach Ronaldo’s extreme standard of achievement and technique.

“The amount of goals he scores, and what he does for the team, is incredible. Nobody is living up to that. At the moment, he’s on another level to everyone else,” Bale said, via ESPN FC.

“Seeing him in training and in games gives me that kind of platform to aim for, and hopefully one day I can get there. If you don’t want to be the world’s best you probably shouldn’t be playing football. I’m improving all the time and trying to get to the level Cristiano is at.”

BBC Sport created a comparison table in this report to outline the differences between the two players. Bale certainly has a ways to go if one day he wishes to near the superhuman presence of Ronaldo because currently, the Welshman’s strong piece of his game revolves around his exceptional speed and technical quality.

But in order to improve to Ronaldo levels, even though he’s slotted in the midfield, Bale must find that otherworldly scoring touch, and garnering some penalty kick opportunities in the future won’t hurt.