Former-Tottenham star David Ginola believes Gareth Bale has what it takes to become one of the best players in the world - but warned that it will be difficult for Spurs to keep hold of the 23-year-old.
The Welsh winger missed Tottenham's last match against Chelsea, as Andre Villas-Boas' side went down 4-2 at White Hart Lane to the Premier League leaders.
Bale was a big miss for Spurs - the winger rushed to hospital as his partner went into labour - and Ginola has tipped the former-Southampton star to continue to develop, although comparisons with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are too soon for now.
"I don't know if he is [at the same high level as Messi and Ronaldo]," said Ginola on talkSPORT. "He has to play more in the Champions League and competitions like that. But there's no doubt the kid is brilliant.
"He is awesome. He has got the pace, he has got the strength, he has got the vision. He has got everything to be at the top alongside players like Messi and Ronaldo.
Bale first came to European prominence in the Champions League as the Welsh international gave Inter Milan right-back Maicon a torrid time in the 2010 campaign.
But Spurs failed to qualify for the premier European competition last season, dropping to fifth in the Premier League table.
Bale has been linked with a move to La Liga in the past, and former-Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric recently called for his ex-teammate to join him at the Bernabeu.
The two best players in the world currently play their football in Spain - Messi and Ronaldo are posting numbers so far above everybody else's level, and the El Clasico pair are widely expected to contest next month's Ballon d'Or award.