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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. Thank you, Brad, for the righting. I alluded to 2006 in lieu of 2010 by accident. Let me simply mention a quote by The King, Pele, for those who think that Messi is the only success of Barcelona: “Barca is by far the best group in the world.” He said that because Neymar had a contract to play for Barcelona. Let’s wait for the Confederations Cup to see which squad is markedly ready to affront the 2014 World Cup

  2. SMS says:

    Messi has won 4 Ballon D’Or in comparision to Ronaldo’s just 1. That is a testimonial in itself.
    I mean to say there are much greater people at the helm at FIFA giving away the award than Bale.
    So, it doesnt really matter, its just his personal view, maybe just because his playing position and style is more like Ronaldo. All you people who think Messi scores just because of the presence of Xavi and Iniesta. I would like to remind Ronaldo plays for Real Madrid whose midfield is no less stronger than that of Barcelona. I mean a midfield consisting of Khedeira, Ozil, Alonso, Kaka, Modric, Maria and Essien is hugely talented. Those people saying his performance at Man U was as good as that of his at Real or that of Messi, then just for the record he just managed 84 goals from 196 games, which is not even a goal in 2 games. NOTE His age was the same when Messi started the season in which he scored 91 goals.
    Lets take out the midfield from question.
    What has Ronaldo done for his Portugal?
    He has scored just 39 times in 104 appearances whereas Messi has scored 35 times in 82 games, which is much better record.

    So, a complete palyer or not, Messi is a better palyer than Ronaldo

  3. crespo says:

    I think this is just an opinion of wich team you suport barça=messi real=ronaldo. I think Bale said that because his most probable move is to real madrid, if he really thinks that i dont know. The think is that they both are great players who contribute to their teams in different ways and both do it perfectly.

  4. Kevin says:

    Jealousy makes people nasty… Ronaldo is a fantastic footballer. Yes he is ambidextrous and more physically capable in the air having quite a height advantage over Messi… What you don’t take into consideration is Messi’s passing and vision is superb nobody can change direction as quick as Messi he’s closed down by no less than 2-3 players whenever he’s on the ball for Argentina he’s creating and scoring constantly now for the National team WITHOUT Xavi and Iniesta which so many CR7 fanboys say is the only way Messi scores which is utter bullshit.. Messi have done it over and over where he’s beaten 4-6 players then beat the keeper one on one and at 25 he’s on 4 ballon d’Ors already… So all the deluded fans that think Ronaldo is better maybe watch Messi play for Argentina if you think he can’t score or assist without Barcelona.

  5. Ronaldo is d best, despite I’m a chelsea fan.

  6. SMS says:

    @Kevin
    Thanks for the support
    Anyone of Ronaldo’s fans who still thinks Messi scores just because of Iniesta and Xavi,
    I urge all of you to watch this
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbxXrAlLm4g

  7. Brad says:

    regardless. Iniesta and Xavi may not have the most assists, but what are they known for?

    Answer: passing.

    There’s also the fact that Messi plays for tiki taka masters Barca, where everyone, it seems, can assist. Messi doesn’t have that with Argentina.

  8. Will says:

    What is the definition of “a complete player” ?
    Physically speaking Ronaldo can b used in more ways than Messi.
    So based on this fact that Ronaldo is taller and strong in the air he has a clear advantage. He also happens o be ambidextrous and better with his weak foot.
    Those two factors aside Messi is better in every regard.
    Messi is more creative, can play anywhere in the attacking third, has a better passing range, is more efficient in front of goal and doesn’t need the acres of space down he flank that Ronaldo needs to be at his best. All of this while standing at 5’7″.
    So while I admit that Cristiano is a great physical specimen he is by no means a more complete attacker than Messi.
    General game play and stats show that Messi is more well rounded.

  9. Mapol says:

    Messi is d best 4rm nw til 2020. He is far more better than cr7. Even neymar can nt play more dan messi even if messi stop playing 4 6 years.messi the best in d world.bale is nt a player 2 talk about messi

  10. Brad says:

    If you’re right, then who are who to talk about any professional player? Who are any of us to talk about any pro?

    bring some facts, not just an opinion.

  11. Paakof Sinatra says:

    The nine day wonder Bale is talking nonesense. What has ronaldo achieved with his completeness than Messi? He is speaking nonesense cos he is going to Madrid. In our days of football, ronaldo is a star, Messi is a superstar.. better still Legend among legends.

    Bale, i hope you become Messi just for a week then you watch the bids that come in on you. You don’t even match Neymar and you are already talking nonsense..

  12. richard says:

    cristiano is the best….fabregas is not a natural striker even he scored a hatrick for the first time in his life with barca just because of two masters iniesta and xavi…torres had a terrible season with chelsea still he scored 4 goals in a match because of those two…even without ozil and modric ronaldo will score a hatrick….but without xavi and iniesta messi cant do anything…ronaldo scored 40 goals with man u with madrid…with such a topclass players in argentina he is limpin for goals…how many goals he scored with his head what abt his right foot….messi is nowhere near ronaldo….awards dosent mean he s great…prove it with another club..

  13. actually, the Bale’s right when we talk about superstars than Cr7 is the first followed by Messi / Bale maybe be there in 5/7.than i have a question to ask 4rm u guyz what kind ov styles could take from the player,to be they best superstar player generally? Cristino Rolando is more better than Messi in fact.

  14. Dumb bitches says:

    Please tell me how balon d’or means messi is better? It’s a popularity contest lmfao.

  15. Vikash says:

    Amazing story on Cristiano Ronaldo from early on in his career, true friendship that changed his whole life!

    Cristiano Ronaldo –

    I have to thank my friend Albert Fantrau for my success. We played together for a youth club. When people from sporting arrived, they told us that whoever scored more goals would be be accepted to their Academy.

    We won that game 3-0, I scored the first goal, then Albert scored a header, and the third was a goal that impressed everyone. Albert went on one on one with the goal keeper. I was running next to him, he went round the keeper, all he needed to do was just to getthe ball into the empty net. But, he passed it to me and I scored. I was accepted to the Academy. After the match, I approached him and asked him “why” and he answered; “You’re better than me”.

    Several years after, journalist went to Albert’s house, and asked whether the story was true. He confirmed. He also said that his career as a football player finished after that match and he is now unemployed. “But where did you get such a gorgeous house, a car? You seemed to be a rich person. You also maintain your family…… where is all from? Albert proudly replied “its from Cristiano.”

  16. SMS says:

    @richard @Dumb bitches
    At-least read my comment and watch the video I suggested before commenting you dumb Cristiano Ronaldo fan. Any good striker can score 40 goals a season you idiot.Even Suarez scored 49 when he was with Ajax. Messi scored 91 last season. and talking about Argentina Messi is still better with his national team than Ronaldo is for Portugal.

  17. SMS says:

    @Dumb bitches
    I dont think Fifa player of the year (Ballon d’or) stands for most popular player of the year

  18. Brad says:

    @SMS, in a way, it does. Requires votes from the fans, don’t it? Or is my memory incorrect? Please do correct me if I’m wrong, but I doubt it.

  19. SMS says:

    Yes, it requires voting.
    But, the voting is done by the captains of national football teams of 209 member countries of FIFA and some selected media people.
    So, we can say it is a fair award based on quality and not popularity.

  20. Prince MK says:

    Messi, is the best player ever in the world. Messi is uncomparision player, far much better than Cr7, by all qualities. Up Messi.

  21. MUZO WEST says:

    MAN OF THE FACTS. OK MESSI IS GOOD BUT WE WANT HIM TO PROVE HOW BEST IS HE LIK CR7 BY JOINING OTHER CLUBS,NOT LILYING ON THE BARCA MIDFIELD

  22. Getu says:

    christiano Ronaldo more compelete foot baller than Messi because Messi performance mostly depend on barcelona midfielders when performance of those midfielders not satisfactory messi’s performance also decrease but christiano ronaldo not much!

  23. Mat says:

    Ronaldo is an overall better player than messi in so many diffrent ways
    Its just messi has way more undeserved trophys that he shoudnt have all won

  24. para says:

    Thing is, when players are in the top class, there is not usually a great difference between them.

  25. Wiseman says:

    Its quite true that Messi had won fifa ballon d’or (Fifa player of the year) four times. But we have to understand that, it is given to the person with the highest vote and not the quality of a player…Ronaldo is better than Messi…but if they don’t like him, they wouldnt vote him…I love the red…Cr7 Earth no 1…best man

  26. Super Skilled Nasri Fan says:

    Messi cheats Ronaldo does not Messi dives Ronaldo does not Messi does not play fairly Ronaldo does Messi kicks the ball into fans Ronaldo does not. Instead he would help a fan if he hit one like he did. Therefore Ronaldo is WAY BETTER than Messi.

  27. leon says:

    messi will play as u want as well as ,as u like see him with a great happines than u will think which player is the best.

  28. SMS says:

    You idiot Cristiano Ronaldo fans, watch this video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbxXrAlLm4g

  29. SMS says:

    Wiseman,
    You have said something quite opposite to your name.
    I ask you, why do you like Cristiano Ronaldo?
    That is just because you think he is the best player in the world.
    Majority of two hundred and nine captains of the world think Messi is better and therefore vote for him. Simple.

  30. Charlie says:

    For all those complaining that Messi is a better player than Ronaldo, you have clearly misunderstood what Bale was trying to get across. Bale was trying to say that Ronaldo is a more “complete player, not a better player, he may think that but that’s not the point. His point was that Ronaldo has everything an attacker needs: Speed, Strength Agility, Shooting, Good Vision, Heading ability etc… Now not to say that Messi doesn’t have most of those things, but Messi is weak, thus not allowing him to head the ball as he easily gets out-muscled in the air and the ball, whereas Ronaldo doesn’t. But Messi is probably better on the ball and at finishing than Ronaldo, and when you break it down to facts Messi is a better player than Ronaldo, but that wasn’t the question asked in the first place so quit complaining.

  31. Jake Centenho says:

    you all Messi fans are nuts. try to understand the question instead of the awards received. lmfao
    And besides, what can Messi do? receive and shoot with left foot alone? assists with left foot ALONE? whatabout Ronaldo? heads and kick in whatever position which could possibly makes a goal. Lucky about Messi is that at his early age, he is with Barca. How couldnt you know your teammates styles if you’ve been playing with them for several years!

  32. Brad says:

    actually Jake, Messi can receive, assist and shoot with both feet, it’s just the usual, obvious fact that his left foot will be used more.

  33. SMS says:

    @Jake Centenho
    You Cristiano Ronaldo fans just want to think that he can do everything and Messi can only score with his left foot.
    But you are wrong, he can do anything. He just doesnt show off like Ronaldo. He has scored many headers and has the ability to score with his weak foot. Yes, his header is not as good as that of Ronaldo. Yes, his weak foot is not as strong as that of Ronaldo.
    But, is Ronaldo’s stronger foot is as strong and as accurate as Messi? I assure you Messi scores more goals with his stronger foot than Ronaldo.
    Can Ronaldo dribble?
    Yes, he can, but he is not even half as good as Messi at dribbling.
    And, for the thing of scoring because he plays with Barcelona. I have repetedly said you watch this video in order to remove this doubt:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbxXrAlLm4g
    Ronaldo has got no less talented midfield at Real Madrid and had no less talented midfield Manchester United.
    And, just for the record, Messi has a better goals per games ratio than Ronaldo for his national team.
    I think Ronaldo has spent more time bonding with his national team than Messi.
    So, I think Messi, not only being a better player, is the more complete palyer too.

  34. SMS says:

    Jake centenho

    Also, Messi scored more goals away last season than at home.
    His record was twenty two goals at home and twenty four away. Whereas as look at ronaldo’s record twenty one at home and just thirteen away.
    This just proves that Messi is more complete than Ronaldo and can score anywhere.
    So, stop blabbering yo C. Ronaldo fans.

  35. SMS says:

    Jake centenho

    Also, Messi scored more goals away last season than at home.
    His record was twenty two goals at home and twenty four away. Whereas as look at ronaldo’s record twenty one at home and just thirteen away.
    This just proves that Messi is more complete than Ronaldo and can score anywhere.
    So, stop blabbering you C. Ronaldo fans.

  36. dave says:

    RONALDO is best enough about it k ……….he came from a island wit nothing and made HIMSELF into the star he is…..messi was bought by barca when he was 10…..barca paid for everything for the lad including medical treatment to make him a touch taller when he was 12….so MESSI was created by and for barca… and cristano MADE it on his own.

  37. VAZZ says:

    SMS….if messi can play as well in other clubs then only we can compare….if he score as many goals in other clubs with other team mates then we can compare…otherwise it’s just a one season comparison…so no fair judgement…

  38. Ronaldo says:

    hey guys chill he says complete and ronaldo is complete than messi cuz messi sucks . messi dont have the quality that a soccer player should have “can use his both legs” and another thing is power messi dont have shot power so dribbling and scoring the goal by chipping the keeper is gay thing so ronaldo haters chill and ronaldo also have more goals than messi hahaah he is playing el classico from 2006 and has only 18 goals and ronaldo has 10 goals as he is from 2009.

  39. sanjib banik says:

    messi messsi messssi he is best to compare zidane so what about question to compare Rinaldo messi is the level of maradona & cruif

  40. Ronaldo says:

    also ballon dor isnt everything thats sure messi got the ballon dor as there is only one goal scorer in barcelona and its messi . Villa is there too but he dont get more game time so if you dont believe me check the statistics of this season. villa, sanchez and pedro has less goals than benzema, higuain and di maria. and also messi dont have skills he only knows a skill that is his favourite move so haters sut ur mouth and watch football

  41. Ronaldo says:

    @SMS

  42. Emma says:

    Bale can only say cr7 is better than Messi because they play the same pattern and wing so, it is just like saying ‘i am better than Messi’ i.e surpoting himself which is normal but stupid to the hearing. I am a manchester united fan and will not because of that choose to talk nonsense. Messi is far better than Ronaldo!

  43. VAZZ says:

    To all the messi fans….if messi can play in other clubs n score as many goals in other leagues…then only we can compare him with Ronaldo…get it..??? I don’t think he can survive in EPL…in fact I’m 100% sure n certain….so messi fans…for the last time…grow up..!!!

  44. VAZZ says:

    Emma…you r making a fool of yourself by comparing Bale with Ronaldo….specially being MU fan….just ask yourself has Bale achieved what Ronaldo has achieved in MU….??can messi ever play in EPL..??the answer is ‘NO F*#%€£¥ WAY’..!!!

  45. Kêvîñ says:

    Idc whatever public says but truth cannot be denied…..Ronaldo is de best and legend star…..don’t forget that he is a winger and still competes de attacker….

  46. pradhuman says:

    i want 2 tell all of that those who belive that scoring 91 goals nd winning 4 time fifa award dosent make messi best, he dosent have power to score goal from long distance whereas we saw that in laliga by ronaldo so we can say cr7 is best

  47. SMS says:

    @Vazz
    You are repeatedly bleating that Messi can’t play in EPL or for any other club. Your childish nature is clearly visible in the way you abuse. You should clearly note that Messi’s scoring average is better than that of Ronaldo for his national team. I think that this proves he can play anywhere in the world. I actually think you should grow up and believe Messi is better rather than telling others to grow up.

  48. SMS says:

    @Ronaldo
    You are pretty darn stupid in saying that Messi has scored 18 times in classicos compared to Ronaldo’s 10. Work the averages, it comes out to be 2.57 goals per year compared to Ronaldo’s 2.5. So this still tells Messi is better.

  49. SMS says:

    To all others
    Messi used to play as winger until Villa broke his leg.
    Then only Messi started playing as a striker. He has been scoring more than Ronaldo since many years.

    If power is the only factor to be considered for being the best player then ronaldo is better.

  50. zana says:

    u people dont know football..messi won 4 titel ben barcelona player,,when ronaldo go to madrid the team was broken,,but yer by yer the team is better and i relly blive ronaldo show to the world he is not just beter than messi he show us he is number on legend off all football history

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