Tottenham Hotspur legend David Ginola believes winger Gareth Bale ‘is in the same league’ as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Welsh winger has earned praise from French legend Zinedine Zidane earlier in the week, and now Ginola has lent his voice in support of the talented 23-year-old.
“He’s fantastic, especially this season. The kid still has so much to learn about the game but, at his age, he already knows a lot. He does a lot for Spurs. Scoring goals, doing so many things. He’s got the strength, he’s got everything,” Ginola told talkSPORT.
“The main difference between Messi, Ronaldo and Gareth Bale is that they are not playing in the same league. Messi and Ronaldo are still in the Champions League and they’re both scoring over 50 or 60 goals per season. It’s quite a lot!
“But Gareth Bale is not a striker and he has still managed to score goals – very important ones. He is definitely in that league."
Bale has struck 17 times in the Premier League this season, with his most recent effort coming in the 2-1 victory against Swansea City at the weekend – a result which moves Spurs up to third in the Premier League table.
His goals look set to help Tottenham Hotspur to a place in next season’s Champions League, and Ginola is adamant the club must keep Bale at White Hart Lane if they are to continue enjoying success.
“My concern is when you’ve got a good player in an English team, you always see him leaving the club and I hope that Daniel Levy will find a way to keep him because if Tottenham want to be successful in the future, they have to keep their best asset and Gareth Bale is one of a kind,” he added.
Ginola also endorsed Bale’s credentials as a potential PFA Players’ Player of the Year award winner, admitting the Welshman could follow in his footsteps once again. Ginola won the award in 1999, whilst Bale lifted it in 2011.
"It will be tough but I will say Gareth Bale [as my best player of the season],” he concluded.
"I’m a Spurs man myself and to see another Spurs player being made Player of the Year, that will be good.”
Bale is next in action against FC Basel in the Europa League on Thursday night, before Tottenham Hotspur host Everton domestically on Sunday.