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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 February, 2013
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183 Comments:

  1. Brad says:

    though I do hope you had a great deal of fun on your world tour.

  2. guru says:

    CR7 is the complete footballer. Being played as a winger, he has scored much goals. Its a great achievement. While Messi plays as a striker. CR7 has got great power, pace, speed, skills, header, and everything to make him a complete footballer. Messi is also good, it dosn’t mean that he is bad. But CR7 is much more complete than him. Bale has said what the truth is. We must admire him.

  3. Raymond says:

    Lol.., yeah, Ronaldo is a complete player than Mess, that’s why he has only one world best player award in is cabinet and Messi has FOUR! number five on the way.

  4. Gareth Bale should transfer go Galatasaray , he should play with drogba and sneijder

  5. Bubba Hotep says:

    Ronaldo does have a more complete game, obviously because of his bigger body. But Messi is a talent so far beyond anybody else in the game, that I’d rather build a team around him than Ronaldo. It’s easier to compensate for Messi’s deficiencies, by complimenting him with appropriate teammates, than it is to find anything close to his kind of skills in the first place.

  6. Eddie says:

    What a worthless comment, who cares about being more complete generally? I mean Messi trains dribbling and finishing instead of some finishing some dribbling and some jumping and heading, Messi does more goals totally and contributes more, and is some levels above Cronaldo.

  7. ataklt says:

    no bale he not normal player he can cheat he can not dribble the play he is rabbit can not compair with messi
    he is shut

  8. footballmaster says:

    if CR7 is a complete footballer why did he get kicked out of real madrid and went for a trade with man utd well its because he might be a complete footballer but not complete than messi

  9. Madrid hala cr7 says:

    But overall cr7 is great than messsss he has all game and has control and bale is totally right i support bale and neymar should not go in bar he has to com in real club he deserves real

  10. Grant says:

    U ppl re shouting cr7 is a complete player than messi, can cr7 score like messi? Can cr7 assist like messi? Can cr7 change d game like messi? Can cr7 win world best 4 times like messi? As anybody compare cr7 to king pale? Pls and pls u ppl should cut d crab messi is better than cr7.

  11. Pele have won three world cups but Messi none.Quite true,Messi have won the Olympic medal,Fifa -20,won for Barca but cannot be compared to Pele,even the great Armando Maradona.

  12. Allen says:

    Please explain to me what makes a player to be called a complete player

  13. Jessy says:

    what au pipol talking about? Messi is 100 times better than CR7, he is talented, unpredicatable and flexible compare to CR7

  14. Mell says:

    Everyone is always arguing about this topic. Even people who don’t follow football know about this. As a “complete footballer”, you need to be able to do very well in every aspect that is basically required to play imo. Yes CR7 can head the ball and shoot at a much farther distance than messi, but at the end of the day messi is still out-classing CR7. It showed when he came on against PSG in the Champions League match. the entire atmosphere changed and he helped them win. CR7 still has not been able to drastically change a game except for performing better against top clubs but not doing it himself. Don’t care if guys think I am wrong but it is true and you just have to accept the fact that messi is still a better player than CR7 as of now

  15. richard says:

    Cr7 is gud messi is also gud bt cnt b compared to Reus, robben and ribery…messi shuld ve chngd d game against bayer naa he cnt drble alaba…cr7 mngd to score bt where wz he wen reus wz disgracing hi defenders…reus is d best

  16. Gilchrist says:

    Messi was a complete player 5 years and he still is. It’s really getting boring to hear people say Ronaldo is more complete than Messi. Guys, Messi has won 4 records balon d’or and yet people continue stipulate that Ronaldo is more complete than him. Well, I look forward to the day Messi becomes a ‘complete’ player to see what else he can do.

  17. ed 36 says:

    bale is more like ronaldo than messi thats why

  18. FII PREGNANCY says:

    How can Ronaldo be more complete player than messi, however ronaldo plays for himself but messi for his team[barca] yet you call this a player.

  19. Guilaume says:

    Bale is a professional Footballer. His opinion is valid despite the 4 Ballon DOr wins Messi is credited with. That is as much of a team award as it is individual. Without team success you don’t win it. Within the Barcelona scheme Messi is always the last pass. He is sublimely skilled, but also playing in a League where the physicality, or lack of, allows him the space and safety to be a genius. He is the perfect fit, for a fabulous team in a forgiving league. Ronaldo on the other hand has succeeded, to almost Messi-anic levels, in both La liga and the EPL, the latter being perhaps the most physical league in the world. He is also a winger, and only one of several options at the end of Real Madrid attacking movements. Yes part of his completeness is due to the fact he has a bigger, stronger, faster body. So what? This is professional sport not someones field of dreams, and the body you are born with is part of the equation. There are ton’s of kids who can think like Messi on a FIFA video game, but they haven’t the body to execute on the field. Ronaldo has it all: skill, vision, athleticism and the ability (thanks to Sir alex) to compete in both a physical and a technical environment. I’d take him first anytime. Ultimately, to put it in north american terms, if you are the best technical blocker ever created you will never play offensive tackle in the NFL if you only weigh 200 lbs. Never. Physicality and technical ability should be equally weighted by anyone who evaluates the game. Bale is right.

  20. To me,as a young and talented footballer,I will say Cr7 is a more complete player,than leonel messi. This is so because Cr7 GATT the skills,where by he scores using all parts of his body,some thing too difficult for messi to do.more so,he is really fast Which is a great advantage over messi.this is going to be proven,this season as he takes the best player award. I LOvE Ronaldo!!!!

  21. Mark says:

    ronaldo is a diver, and cheat, and his work rate is poor.

    messi has all those attributes and more!!!

  22. Luis says:

    I think both are very ,extremely happy to be a completed footballer…in theirs owns minds

  23. ROCBAC says:

    OK CR7 HAS SPEED,POWER CAN STRIKE FROM LONG DISTANCE AND HEAD THE BALL BUT MESSI HAS SPEED,QUICK FEET,CAN STRIKE FROM LONG DISTANCES IF REQUIRED BUT WITH BARCA ITS NOT NECESSARY AND WE ALL KNOW HE CAN HEAD THE BALL. HAVE YOU FORGOT THE HEADER HE SCORED AGAINST MAN U IN THE CHAMPS LEAGUE
    FINAL WHEN CR7 WAS THERE. MESSI IS ALSO THE BEST PASSER OF THE BALL AND ABOVE ALL HIS PLAYER DISCIPLINE IS SUPERIOR TO CR7. SO HOW CAN YOU SAY CR7 IS A MORE COMPLETE PLAYER THAN MESSI, THATS A MAD MAN DREAM.

  24. sube says:

    I do not know about that but Bale has proved that CR7 can be…ahem… copied…replicated…

    Wonder if anyone could say the same about Messi…..

  25. DAVID says:

    I agree with Bale… CR7 is more complete FACT… Messi is as good as CR7 FACT… But what the argument is all about is that Messi play with the best 2 Midfielders in the game( XAVI and INIESTA ) so in that case the game is much easier for him… If CR7 played with both ( XAVI and INIESTA ) we wouldn’t had much arguments about who’s the BEST

  26. DAVID says:

    Get it right people, most of y’all judge CR7 because of his image not for his talent…

  27. Khay says:

    They’ve both got great skills so, i wouldn’t come from the angle of skills. Not a fan of any but I’d take Cr7 over Messi simply cuz C-Ronaldo’s good with both feet. If you lose an arm or a leg and you’ve got only a single arm or leg as a human, football outta it, do you still say you’re complete? Messi’s weaker foot is just too weak compared to Ronaldo’s.

  28. cleavant says:

    i agree with Rocbac….messi can head,dribble at high speeds,score long range goals nd assits….what mor do u wnt frm him?….hes broken every individual record ther is to break(in front of CR7 ofcoz)…….nobody can doupt da talent da CR7 possesses bt lets b honest here,how can u say ronaldo is mor complete than messi wen he has come up as a ballon doi’r runner-up to messi for da past 4yrs?…..all i can say is dat men lie women lie numbers dnt

  29. DAVID says:

    Cleavant… Nothing taken from MESSI but when you play with the two best midfielders in the world anything is simplier… plus Iniesta and Xavi was named for runner up for baloon d’or… RIGHT

  30. DAVID says:

    Khay made a good point what kills Messi over CR7 is that Ronald does it with both feet

  31. ROCBAC says:

    TRUE CR7 USES BOTH FEET BUT YET HE SCORES TWICE AS LESS GOALS AS MESSI SO WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF MESSI USED HIS BOTH FEET THEN CR7 WOULD NEVER STOP CRYIN LOL, WE ALL KNOW HE LOVES TO CRY

  32. I fully agree with Bale messi without xavi or iniesta=rubbish international games can be my backup as for Ronaldo the previous Euro games speak for themselves!!

  33. Glitchrist- Messi only won the third Ballon d’or because Barcalona won the LIGA BBVA. But… Ronaldo was top scorer. So actually Messi should have 3 and ronaldo has to have 2. So your point is invalid

  34. You are fucking right. without iniesta and xavi. Messi wouldn’t be s good. Bceuase Iniseta and Xavi are really good playmakers and set up messi.

  35. ROCBAC says:

    HOW CAN U SAY WITH OUT XAVI AND INIESTA, MESSI IS NOTHING . WHEN AN INJURED MESSI CAME OFF THE BENCH TO CREATE A GOAL AND SAVE BARCA FROM PSG. IT WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE TO SAY XAVI AND INIESTA ARE NOTHING WITHOUT A GOAL SCORER LIKE MESSI WHO CREATES PLAYS, MAKES RUNS TO CREATE SPACE FOR XAVI AND INIESTA, MOST OF ALL HE’S CLINICAL IN FRONT OF GOAL. DOES XAVI AND INIESTA SCORES FOR HIM?

  36. bisko says:

    for me messi is top.do u know hw to classify best players than FIFA.so stop comparing coz messi is FIFA’s chosen.

  37. DAVID says:

    The truth is… who’s better in their respectful Internationally squads… Portugal have been better then Argentina’s in recent years… Argentina have a more loaded squad but Portugal have been better…

  38. DAVID says:

    The Messi that we see in Barcelona is different then the Messi we see in the Argentina squad

  39. I personally feel Messi is the more complete player, however they both have different strengths.

  40. Gloria says:

    Who said dt portugal has done better than argentina in recent times? Portugal is still trying to qualify for next world cup while argentina is topping their group with 5 points since messi became captain. Xavi and iniesta do not complete messi. Messi completes them. Check the stats for crying out loud. Ronaldo is great but he can never be as great as messi. Lets not even talk abt him being better dn messi. Messi is d best footballer currently active. Everyone knows this even ronaldo himself. And guess what ronaldo has peaked, but we are yet to see d best of messi. Scary or thrilling?lol

  41. Gloria says:

    Whats with all this nonsense abt messi going elsewhere to prove himself? Ronaldo was in porto, manu and now realmadrid. All great teams b4 and after cr7 was in them. Why didnt he go tofulham or sevilla to prove himself. Messi has played games against d best teams and won. This last season has shown everyone dt xavi and iniesta without messi is toothless. Messi is incredible and he has proved it time and time again. Stop trying to make him ordinary. Messi and ronaldo are Gud. But messi is d best

  42. Brad says:

    Ronaldo was the crown jewel of United and Real’s already star-studded squads, much like Pele was with Brazil and Messi is today with Barca. Another thing, Ronaldo has likewise gone up against the best teams and won as well.

    I don’t try to make Messi ordinary. I just try to point out he’s not precisely everything many of his fans (some of whom require quotation marks around that word) like to think he is, and that other players are far better than they like to admit.

  43. sirleh says:

    i hear u… Cristiano is a complete player.. Maybe even the most complete player…. But when messi breaks records, plays beautiful football and plays his role in barcelona…. U jus hav to appriciate and understand why he’s won the ballon dor four tymz…. In a row!!!!

  44. OUR FOOTBALL ERA IS CALLED "MESSI'S ERA" ! says:

    Bale is an ignorant and obviously a Messi’s hater and is jealous of him….the word “complete” is very misunderstood… Not even Maradona scored with HEADERS and nor had much STRENGTH. Maradona didn’t have these things, but still, he’s considered as the BEST EVER PLAYER, ALONGSIDE PELE. or cr7 is better than Maradona because he scores headers and have more strength ??? lol haha !!! Messi is ALL ABOUT NATURAL TALENT AND BRAIN INSPIRATION. MESSI HAS MORE GOALS & MORE ASSISTS EVERY YEAR, HIS STATISTICS ARE CRAZY, SIMPLY UNBELIEVABLE. HE’S THE FIRST EVER (AND THE ONLY ONE) TO HAVE WON 3 EUR. GOLDEN BOOTS AND 4 SUCCESSIVE BALLONS D’OR. IN SPAIN, HE WINS EVERY AWARD POSSIBLE…CR7 IS ALWAYS SECOND (or third) EVEN IN LA LIGA’S AWARDS….MESSI CAN ONLY BE COMPARED TO PELE AND MARADONA. THE COMPARISON WITH CR7 IS JUST RIDICULOUS, IT SHOULDN’T EVEN EXIST… IT BELONGS TO THE IMAGINATION AND THE DREAMS ON CR7’S FANS, MOSTLY PORTUEGUESE AND MADRIDISTAS….
    MESSI IS THE ULTIMATE NUMBER 1 AND THAT CANNOT CHANGE, WHETHER SOME PEOPLE LIKE IT OR NOT….

  45. OUR FOOTBALL ERA IS CALLED "MESSI'S ERA" ! says:

    Also, the past season (2012-13) was the LIVING PROOF that Barcelona cannot do much WITHOUT MESSI. MESSI WON MILAN SINGLEHANDEDLY (WITHOUT HIM BARCA WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE CL) AND HE ALSO ELIMINATED PSG, COMING FROM THE BENCH AND CREATING PEDRO’S GOAL, THOUGH INJURED…..WITHOUT LEO MESSI, BARCELONA WOULD BE A SIMPLY GOOD TEAM, BUT WITH MESSI IN, BARCA IS TRANSFORMED INTO A “SUPER TEAM” !!!
    Xavi and Iniesta are the lucky ones, and of course not Messi….MESSI IS THE INSPIRATION. MESSI IS THE GOAL AND THE ASSIST IN THE SAME TIME. MESSI IS “SAL” = Scorer, Assistant, Leader !!!!!!!!!!

  46. Greek Philosopher says:

    Gloria, Sirleh and Our football’s Era , guys ur absolutely right :) you speak the truth and that’s the best thing of all. Of course, Messi is the best.
    NO DOUBT ABOUT THIS…

  47. Anyone is entitled to his opinion, but one has to be careful in comparing Messi to other great players. Opinions also relate to facts. First, Barcelona are comprised of various World-class players who play in the Spain squad, and these legends perform in key positions as Midfielders and Forwards for Barcelona. In this point, Messi has the assist of effective players from the Spain squad! This fact is favorable to Messi, and both Ronaldo and Messi are productive when they have the back-up of a promising squad, which Messi lacked in the 2006 World Cup by not scoring any goal!

  48. I disagree with this opinion: “Without Leo Messi Barcelona would be a simply good team…” The best players in Barcelona are from the World finest squad, Spain!

  49. Brad says:

    You have a point Georges Jean, although you got one fact wrong: it was 2010 where Messi failed to score, not 2006! He at least managed one goal there. . .

    You’ll be surprised at just what all these Messi “fans” (here’s looking at you, Our football era is called “Messi’s Era”! as an example)

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