Most people have their own opinions over who is the world's best player.
Recent years and recent awards would suggest Lionel Messi wins hands down. However, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar would probably argue.
These tremendous talents may not seem as good; however, I can ensure you they are.
There is no doubt about it: Messi is one of the world's greatest ever players. The Argentinian superstar has won numerous awards, broke loads of records and scored some frightening goals. But the question is: would he be as good without his Barcelona team-mates?. I think not.
Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas. These are the names that make Messi tick, make him score the amount of goals he does.
Messi is the top-scorer in the top five European leagues in 2013 with 17 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo has 14 and Robert Lewandowski 10.
Of course, every player has to rely on his team-mates, but there has been so many times this season where Bale or Ronaldo have scored a free-kick from way-out or sprinted 30 yards with the ball before lifting it over a keeper.
Bale is the reason why Tottenham have had a great season - the same applies
In Spain, whenever an award is decided it comes down to either Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi or Iniesta. The difference is, in England's top division whenever an award is decided the first name on the tip of everyone's tongue is that man Bale.
Within the past couple of weeks Bale has won three awards: PFA Players' Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year and and Football Writers' Player of the Year awards.
The other highly contested favourite was Liverpool's scoring machine Luis Suarez, who only managed one vote. In England, Bale is noticed because of his skills on the pitch; in Spain, Messi is noticed because of Xavi and Iniesta. This is why they also are always in the hotseat to win an award. Messi is as good as, if not better, than Ronaldo - however, Bale has the edge of them all.
France and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane revealed to reporters what he actually thinks about Bale: "He makes things look easy, his pace is frightening, his acceleration is unbelievable because of his ability to go through the gears in very little space.
“Plus, he’s very good technically which is also important. We mustn’t forget that he plays football very well!"
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