Is Bale better than Ronaldo?
Gareth Bale's fine form has lead to comparisons with former Manchester United and current Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo - but who is better?
Gareth Bale proved once again on Thursday night that he is one of the best players in world football on current form.
Bale scored both Tottenham goals in their Europa League win against Lyon at White Hart Lane, including two more superb free-kicks to earn a 2-1 win for the hosts.
Bale has scored seven goals in his last five matches, and with such scintillating performances, it's almost inevitable that the Welsh wing wizard has attracted interest from some of Europe's elite.
According to reports, Real Madrid and Barcelona have expressed interest in making a mega-money move for Bale, but Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is adamant he is going nowhere.
So is Bale really better than Cristiano Ronaldo?
On current form, I would be inclined to say yes, what with his dazzling performances this season. And although Ronaldo is still scoring plenty of goals in Spain, Bale is doing the business in arguably Europe's toughest league.
Granted, Ronaldo has also proven his worth in the Premier League with Manchester United, but Bale is at an age where he has potential to surpass Ronaldo's heroics, and is single-handedly guiding Tottenham to victory after victory. Would Ronaldo have the same effect if he was at Spurs?
As of now I believe that Bale's form is better than the Portuguese star, but he is not a better player overall - yet. That said, I don't think he'll come close to matching Lionel Messi, but it's not unreasonable for Bale to be mentioned alongside the Barcelona maestro.
Bale himself has admitted that he's in the form of his life. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "I would probably say it is the best I have been playing in my career.
"As I said I am enjoying my football and the team is playing well which makes things easier for me.
"I just have to keep my head down and keep working hard and keep my form.
"I still have a lot of improvement, I know what I have to do but season on season I am improving but I will just keep working hard and hopefully get better."
If he continues in this vein of form, it will be increasingly difficult for Spurs to keep hold of their most prized asset when the big guns in Europe come calling in the summer.
But Bale should look at other British players who have gone abroad and failed to impress, like former Liverpool striker Michael Owen.
Although Bale is seemingly a different class of player, he would be better advised to stay at White Hart Lane and play in the Champions League next year, assuming Spurs can qualify, before he even considers leaving.
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