Here’s a look at how Gareth Bale can replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid despite not making the best of starts to life after the Portugal international left the club.
Gareth Bale arrived at Real Madrid in 2013 and had some successful campaigns in the white of Real Madrid. Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus, he was tipped to take over from the Portuguese but has had his progress hampered by injuries and inconsistent form.
Even throughout his Real Madrid career, the Wales international has suffered injuries and has had his reputation tarnished despite being on the lifting end of some prestigious trophies including four UEFA Champions League titles in five years at the Spanish capital. But Spurs’ midfielder Christian Eriksen feels that the Welshman is very close to reaching Messi and Ronaldo’s calibers.
The Danish playmaker, who was signed by Spurs with the money generated from Bale’s sale, told reporters: “He’s a top, top player. Nobody in the world is the same as Messi or Ronaldo, but he’s in a group who are very, very close behind them. He has been playing at Real Madrid for a long time now and he has done very well there.
Even to ask the question about how he compares to Messi or Ronaldo shows he is up there. Bale is someone who can always give them something extra. He does it in any team he plays for. He is very quick, very direct, and he is always guaranteed for a few goals. International football is all about getting goals, and he does that.”
Christian Eriksen has certainly showered an immense amount of praise on Gareth Bale, but with all due respect to the Dane and Welsh players, the 29-year-old still has a lot to do if he wants to achieve Messi’s and Ronaldo’s levels. Injuries and form are the two things Bale has to improve on first before obviously improving his leadership qualities.