Much has been said about the budding rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Both have been named as the world's best footballers and there should be no question who the two best players on the planet are - one could just look at the previous FIFA Ballon d'Or finalists to find out the answer.

While both have denied the importance of individual awards and goal records, they still have gone head-to-head in recent seasons, at least in the goals department. Both have also enjoyed tangible success with their club sides, something which Gareth Bale and Neymar would also like to experience.

With Neymar already having gone to FC Barcelona and Bale seems to be going to Real Madrid, it has a great rivalry written all over it. The hatred between two clubs is well known, but what is fascinating is how similar both of those players are to their main men.

Bale and Neymar would both be the Robin of Real Madrid and Barcelona, while Ronaldo and Messi obviously taking the Batman role in their respective teams.

What is more, both of the "Robins" are incredibly similar to their "Batmans". This season, Bale showed strength, speed and skill not seen in the Premier League since the days of Ronaldo. Bale even takes free-kicks like Ronaldo. Bale playing on the opposite flank of Ronaldo would create an unstoppable duo. 

Likewise, Neymar is actually quite similar to Messi. Both are short, quick and with impeccable ball control and dribbling skills. In that respect, both Neymar and Bale are tailor made for the styles of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

There is still one major obstacle of this new rivalry becoming something real: Bale is still contracted to Tottenham and he could still end up playing for the likes of PSG or Monaco.

However, as both are relatively young - Neymar is 21 while Bale is 23 - those young superstars should be challenging for the title of world's best player for years to come. 

There could still be other obstacles, namely Messi and Ronaldo, who aren't quite done yet. Ronaldo is already 28 but still in his prime, while people forget that Messi is still only 25 years old. Expect a four-way tussle for the FIFA Ballon d'Or in the next few years.


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