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Bale: Ronaldo more complete than Messi

Tottenham forward Gareth Bale says Cristiano Ronaldo is a more ‘complete footballer’ than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Tottenham forward Gareth Bale says Cristiano Ronaldo is a more ‘complete footballer’ than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

The in-form Spurs attacker, who is rumoured to be a transfer target for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich this summer, has scored 13 Premier League goals so far this season.

Asked the question “Messi or Ronaldo?” by Life’s a Pitch, Bale revealed his admiration for Los Blancos’ star.

“For me, personally, I’d say Ronaldo,” the 23-year-old Welshman responded.

“He’s got the whole package. He’s strong, he’s powerful, he’s pacey, can head the ball, strike the ball. Obviously, you can’t say anything bad about Messi, but for the all-round complete footballer, I’d say Cristiano Ronaldo.”

The comments are likely to be taken as a welcome sign by Real Madrid that the Wales international would relish the chance to link up with Ronaldo.

According to reports, Los Merengues are expected to challenge Bayern for his signature at the end of the season in a move thought to potentially be worth around 50 million euros.

By then, Bayern will be managed by Messi’s former Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola, who is said to also have a great interest in bringing Bale to the Bavarian outfit.

Sun 17 Feb, 2013
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  1. anwar Charfaray says:

    Mr Gareth Bale needs to learn one thing,he is not in Messi’s league and never will be,there is a very big differnce between him and Messi’s, has been top soccer player for the last 4 years were as he never will be,so his jugement means sweet nothing.

  2. Bale or whatever ur name is, u are still a kid and i thank God press understand wat u are trying to do bcos u are looking for help from ronaldo. Even ronaldo himself knows that messi pass him talk less of u. Magical Messi (MM) pass u+ ronaldo + ur coach and mourhino

  3. chineduchristian says:

    for me,Bale was saying the truth,cristiano is a powerful player only but he,s unlucky to win individual accolade. But remains a heart trick king.

  4. Brad says:

    love how the Messi fans are insulting Bale.

    They’re right in that Bale is inferior to Messi, but Messi would be ashamed to see just how immature his supporters- as in the vast majority of them- act in his defense: disgraceful. Particularly as they go after Bale and not Ronaldo, and seeing as the point of Bale’s statement is that “Ronaldo is more complete” than Messi.

  5. Gareth Bale is just saying the truth for what he has seen and notice .. He is not yet at his best form. I don’t find it very complicated because if only footballers may express their opinions, they would probably choose Cristiano Ronaldo as a complete footballer than the Catalan star. Cristiano is still the best even if unable to win those individual awards.

  6. Todd says:

    Wow! There are some dumb readers here. It’s a short article. Read it again and you may find that it is not about Bale compared to Messi. Besides, he was ASKED the question. Bale on RM would be awesome. The guy is as fast as they come and can control the ball at full speed. Plus, he’s young. He could turn out to be a real superstar! On last thing,…learn to type and spell. That may help your illiterate appearance.

  7. Brad says:

    Todd, they won’t listen. They’re too ignorant and dim-witted to do so. May sound mean, and offensive, but it’s the truth. All they do is insult everyone who doesn’t wear #10 for Barca.

  8. prime says:

    thank you bale for being honest

  9. kayo says:

    every player does all he said i dont understand this most complete shit..if u right footed and you use right cool ..u dont have to use both feet to be called complete

  10. Mourinho says:

    Thats not what he means
    Might be the best player witg most talent but ronaldo is the more completr player.with the most all round skills

    Wel either way
    Bale ur right

    And last two classicos are proof of it

  11. Messi says:

    Be nice to bale guys 🙁

  12. leo says:

    tanxx…fo honest judgement gareth bale….!!yes he z r8….he knws his ability…vry wel..

  13. Ben says:

    yes CR7 is a complete player, yet Messi is superior to Ronaldo. His 4 balloon d’or in a row to 1 for CR7 simply tells the fact that Messi is a better player than CR7.

  14. Sabe says:

    “CR7 is the complete player”, he can unleash the powerful shots(Why kill the goalkeeper if you can just pick the spot and place the ball in the net? *Messi style*), He(CR7) can jump and head(Why jump and head if your team is playing carpet football? *Barca style*), fewer assists and passes than Messi(team player) , (still complete), plays on the wing where most of the cases you have only 1 isolated defender to beat(*Messi plays in the crowded mid*) still complete, and last but not least fewer goals scored(still complete). Can somebody please tell how the completeness of a player is measured

  15. Kaziya says:

    Well I agree with Bale, about Ronaldo being a complete player evin if Messi is better than him.

  16. Emmanuel says:

    Bale you think saying all this will not. Make Madrid to sign you pleas hold your mouth the difference is clear my guy,messi is a king where CR7 they

  17. O Fenomeno, Ronaldo, is simply a great legend! In addition, one may be reticent to establish a difference in view of eras; however, there are marked differences between Maradona, Ronaldo, and Messi. To me, O Fenomeno is one of the best dribblers! With more playmakers in the Brazilian squad like him, Brazil could have a chance to win the World Cup 2014. But, the reality is that Brazil don’t have a pure striker like O Fenomeno! Spain, Germany, Italy, England, Argentina may win the World Cup 2014! If you disagree, just check the World FIFA Ranking now–not in 2014.

  18. Vicran says:

    What is Geoqge’s Jean talking of?Sabe-the fact that Messi is good in all these areas u listed,does it make Ronaldo not to be a more complete all-rounder even Messi has been more efficient in the last four years?Todd is such a cool writer,but Kaziya summed it up best.

  19. Vicran says:

    What is Geoqge’s Jean talking of?Sabe-the fact that Messi is good in all these areas u listed,does it make Ronaldo not to be a more complete all-rounder even if Messi has been more efficient in the last four years?Todd is such a cool writer,but Kaziya summed it up best.

  20. Georges Jean says:

    Vicran, if you read between the line, you’ll see that I’m not comparing Messi to another. I mentioned Ronaldo, O Fenomeno, not the one in Portugal! This point is not irrelevant to this post in view that Maradona, Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo have always been exposed to differences. But, if I had to compare Cristiano Ronaldo to Messi, I would say that both of them are performing well in attack. What I had mentioned is expressed in basic writing, which any good writer can understand. Why not you?

  21. odekeh says:

    if CR7 ever played in a team like Barcelona that creates a trillion chances worth of clear goals,only for any lame football player to easily score into the net,then why wouldn’t anyone top the score charts unlike in Real Madrid where it’s all about counter attacking and individual brilliance,barcelona is team that plays as a group & their kind of play would even make it easy for Ronaldo to score 500 goals with ease since no energy is needed to barcelona’s way of play,the worst striker would also net 1000 goals in barcelona.An example is DAVID Villa, when his playin for spain with thee likes of xavi,iniesta,busquets and fabregas,he freely scores and tops the charts with the golden boot and breaks records in spain but in barcelona where he’s wasted on bench for Messi,he still comes off the bench and scores,what if he was given an opportunity to play as a lone striker in barcelona without Messi,wounldn’t he break those records and CR7 would even do it btter than any player in this universe if he was at barcelona (the truth hurts but that’s it)

  22. jack says:

    These two play different styles of football hence the choice of team for ronaldo,if u are a player u dnt jus move to a team u choose the one tht best suits ur play.If CR7 had gone to barca it would hve taken him time to adjust coz barca’s style is not all about outpassing opponents but team play

  23. meeee says:

    jack, u are smart.lyk dat analysis

  24. helder says:

    messi is only that good because of xavi and iniesta don’t hate CR7 the best in world

  25. robert says:

    @odekeh….M totally agree with your commnts….as i knw cr7 are mre capable than messi he is inteligient,fast n hd extra ordinary dribble,skills,headr,powershoot,great physicl….!!just think in a 90 minute of usual time…barca creates dead ball more den a dozen of tmes in a evry single particular game with without used of any individaual affert….bt hw mch dey hd scord..?may b 3 or 4 maximum….in madrid they dnt get many oppurtunity to score like barca hv..they mstly depend on counter attack may b 5 or six tmes in a sngle match…xo if u ve xo mny easy chances to scored y nt an any avrage plyr cn scored more den 80-90 goals in a year…..oviously wat if cr7 ply alng side wid xavi,iniasta,fabregas…he could hv scored more den 300 goals in year…bdw its very easy play with barca compared to madrid….i would proudly say diS cr7 is the best among ol d legend..dt i hv ever seen…he truely mch..mch..mch complete den messi…he may b dint able 2 win ballon’dor….m nt shme coz he deserv mre den det….

  26. Haokip says:

    I agree that ronaldo is stronger in the air but messi’s left foot is better than cr7’s left,right and head combine…tell me who is the top scorer in la liga this season or the season before…..

  27. pure24 says:

    What does “complete” mean anyway? Sometimes, we’d better think first than blind support for the player(s) that we are fans of. Notice how Bale doesn’t say BETTER, but COMPLETE.

    Bale is an amazing player… Maybe even better than both – why you ask? Because he’s amazing for a team that do not have the brilliance of Alonso/Ozil or Iniesta/Xavi. Then again, individual credit where its due, Cristiano and Messi are SOME OF the best players of our generation!!! They are indisputably the best players right now – but just some food for thought, would Messi workout at Tottenham Hotspur the way Bale has (I’m thinking of Messi’s performance for Argentina, which is a WAY better team than Spurs)? I’m now going to sound like a Messi hater (I’m not, I love watching him. And I don’t really like either), but as stats go, Ronaldo has proven himself way more than Messi (not just one-sided record breaking, but in THREE teams – Man Utd, Real Madrid, and Portugal) and thus must be a more COMPLETE player than Messi

  28. Point of correction, bale needs nothing from the portugese star coz he gat money, fame, he’s a celebrity and he’s also a good player. But as for ronaldo and messi, i prefer ronaldo’s style of play to messi’s though messi might be more than him a bit. Thank you

  29. bryanirving says:

    They are chalk and cheese. Both great in completely different ways. Ronnie tall, an athlete’s engine and unique shooting style. Leo more like a typical compact player, amazing control, clinical near goal, fabulous team player and serene temperament. We are lucky to see them both in their prime. And Gareth Bale? He’s a one-off too. Love seeing him in full flight burning off the defenders and letting fly. He’s more like a Ronnie than a Leo which may be why he sees Ronnie as more complete in his skill set. But you don’t become World Player of the Year three times running without being the best.

  30. barca says:

    remember ballon d or award

  31. Talha says:

    Messi always scores more and does more assists and can even move in to midfield and still is effective like against PSG if you don’t believe me check the stats by searching Messi vs Ronaldo has more honours and wins on overall rating.



  33. cloud says:

    i agree with odekeh, Cr7 is a much complete player than Messi. cr7 is not a striker, he is a winger and yet he has scored more than higuain and benzema.

    i don’t want to drag this long but, cr7 TRANSFERRED to madrid and was truly impressive. I still haven’t seen messi play outside of barcelona, oh wait, on the national side, and how is messi with argentina ?? crap.

  34. helder says:

    from 2009 til now c.ronaldo has scored 141 goals in 130 apps thats 1.09 ratio the best in la liga history CR7 better then messi hands down. messi 212 goals in 243 apps that 0.87 ratio from 2004 til now CR7 the best in world

  35. Kay says:

    Both are great players in diffrent ways. BUT,i prefare Leo to any player in d world. U nid 2 watch dis guy play just lyk magic!!! If u watch him play u wil tink football is d easiest sport on earth. He play as if d ball is “gummed” wit his boots. Unlike CR7 who play energetic and forceful football which we call “gragra” in Nigeria. Leo type of people come 2 dis world once in a generation. I love him

  36. BILLY says:


  37. mashego says:

    when you are presented with two best options from which to choose, i think taste and preference determines our choices. as such, for one to chose between the two, it will not be the case that any of the two is below par, rather it is about your taste and preference for any of the two.

  38. Water says:

    With my own understanding, i am honest wit bale b’cos, he is a top form footballer & he knows d quality of a player.In terms of skills cr7 is more skillful dan messi, talk more of speed,am not reffering messi lower b’t u should understand football is all about strenght,ronaldo can huzzle for d ball and score while messi has backup for him to score (iniesta,xavi)if messi is a confirm let him depart from barcelona to another club & to be honest his goal tally will n’t remain the same he will also be struggling wit each match, even his fourth time footballer of the year is all about rigging.Pls don’t look into this matter sentimentally be ur self.

  39. conie k says:

    Yer people I don’t like either but Ronaldo definitely has the edge, we just happen to hate Roni because of his arrogant that all

  40. BB BANU says:

    C R7 have show the world that he can play in league in the world, thats the different of this two can messi do the same.

  41. luxman says:

    Bale concentrate with your carrier dont comment no other players ,Mesi is just a player like you ,CR7 is a player also

  42. Brad says:

    luxman he has every right to comment on other players, particularly as he’s not making racist/other kinds of cutting remarks about either/both of them.

  43. Tony says:

    i think cr7 is great player compare to messi the reason i’m saying is that we all have seen cr7 played in england and won trophies , my question to all who says messi is the best why can’t he move england or german to show his true legend?? i didn’t think so!!!….cr7 in my eyes you’re the best.

  44. Dieter says:

    EVERYONE must pay attention !

    Messi has skill.

    Ronaldo has a wanna be look !

    Messi is an engineered footballer and ronaldo will never have the core density that messi has

  45. Dieter says:

    look where ronaldo was against Dortmund !

    Lewandowski made ronaldo look like a midget

  46. Mourinho says:

    Look where messi was against bayern

  47. Mourinho says:

    No but honestly..
    Im getting sick of the mainstream ppl hailing messi ans talking shit about ronaldo.
    I don’t like messi but im not gonna talk shit about him.
    Bccs u like one more then the other
    Doesnt mean u need to hate ronaldo or hate messi

    Both ronaldo and messi are amazing players , both in different ways, messi with his dribbles and tick tack soccer
    And ronaldo with his inhuman power and speed.

    Its just a pity that ronaldo didnt get the ballon d’orr this season, he deserved it more then messi after last la liga showings

    Both players are GODS of soccer.
    Both equal good in different ways.

    Its true that messi should atleast go and try to play in england or who knows where
    To peove his worth, i mean.. Its easy with his talent to play at a barca( full of
    Class players) who help you 24/7

    Ronaldo made real better like when he played at man united
    He lifted te team big time
    Remember 2008/2009

    Thats what i am
    Talking about !

    So yh messi should try and prove himself at another club and ronaldo should go back to england where the ppl atleast respect him , mabye he wil be able to improve even more.

    Dont go hate bale for liking ronaldo more then messi
    Hes goodbale..
    In two three years he might be in the top 5 for the ballon d’orr
    Would love to see him try atleast!

    Wel, i like ronaldo more then messi, i think ronaldo is equally good or mabye even more
    He atleast fights 120% for club and country and i like that spirit.
    But thats just my opinion doesnt mean messis shit >>

    Wel a fact is messi is a beast
    And ronaldo is a beast
    Both are amazing and both got moments where they are unbeatable!

    You know
    I would love to see messi and ronaldo
    Play together that would be dah bomb


    Stop hating ronaldo you messi lovers!!!
    And stop hating messi my CR7 brothers and sisters
    Its time to stop wearing the ” pro ronaldo or pro messi” glasses and just ENYOY. Both playera who are equally the best in the world in diffrrent ways!

  48. Brad says:

    Messi has proved himself. . . in la liga. He’s starting to turn up for Argentina too, this past 12 months or so.

    But, he does need to try another league. Ronaldo has had success in two, Messi only in one. I think Messi’s the best in the world (right now, of course, not all time like some people think. .. . where’s the facts for it?), but Ronaldo is the most complete.

  49. Don says:

    Hi especially Brad and cloud your dude is back all d way from almost a world tour. first of all bale should prove is abilities to talk or comment or judge the Titans and then should say some thing. To me Bale is yet not in position to go on and say or decide on any players abilities and first should improvise his own performances @ Spurs. as previously he had some transfer links to Madrid doesnt mean talking or praising Ronaldo wil give him such chances or big money orrrr smthng. By the way Braddy and cloudy i missed you two a hell of lot. Hey its naked truth we should face soccer now a days i know for the Mes btwn CR7, and one thing is for sure Messi rules and only him. but now a days CR7 has surely showed what he has got and i really like to watch him. by the way i m in hurry and will see each other later. thanks guys cheers for Messi and CR7….

  50. Brad says:

    Did you see Bale ever bring himself into the equation? Other than his opinion on who’s more complete?

    He didn’t say jack about himself, therefore, he has every right to talk of other players he knows are better than himself, and to compare the two to each other.

    oh yeah, I forgot, you’re a Messi fan. Whilst not all Messi fans are like this, you’re one of the big reasons I’ve come to- rather reluctantly- stereotype as narrow-minded, uninformed (much like Obama supporters in my country), and impertinent.

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