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Gareth Bale tips teammate Ronaldo for FIFA Ballon d'Or

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been in beast-mode this season, already scoring his 25th goal for Real Madrid.

Being able to support both is an extraordinary feeling for a select group of fans benefiting from the former Manchester United star's run of form. He's scored 17 goals in the league and eight in the Champions League for Los Blancos so far this term, as well as taking Portugal to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil - thanks largely to a play-off second leg hat-trick against Sweden.

Summer signing Gareth Bale is fortunate enough to be playing alongside a player who is sure to be regarded as one of the greatest of all-time, and he's in no doubt who should win the FIFA Ballon d'Or award this year.

"For me, he is the best player in the world and I don't think anyone is near him. He deserves that award [the Ballon d`Or]," he said, according to Sky Sports.

"The goals and the performances he has put in, especially when you think of the pressure he is under, for Portugal the other day, it shows what a true, true world-class player he is.

"Since I've been here he`s been nothing short of unbelievable. The amount of goals he`s scored is just mind-blowing this season."

Bale was also asked about their relationship, and if there is a rivalry between the two as was suggested when the Welshman first arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The former Spurs star dismissed such suggestions however, and insisted he's thrilled to be playing alongside Ronaldo on a regular basis.

"There is no rivalry at all. We get on very well, he's helped me out a lot on and off the pitch," added the winger.

"Since I've been here he's had nothing bad to say to me; he's just given me encouragement every game, given me confidence. He has been sharing his first experiences when he first came here and they have really helped me along. He's been absolutely brilliant.

"We're enjoying playing together and I think that the goals and assists show that we're playing well together. There's still a lot more to come from us both and hopefully we can have a successful season by doing that."

Both Bale and Ronaldo were on the scoresheet in La Liga on Saturday night, as Carlo Ancelotti's side gave Almeria a 5-0 battering away from the Spanish capital.

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