Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has quashed belief that he and teammate Cristiano Ronaldo do not get along.
The attacking pair have long been rumoured to share a troubled relationship at the Bernabeu, with Bale’s £86 million move in 2013 threatening to dethrone Ronaldo as Los Blancos’ star man.
However, the former insists he and his Portuguese counterpart work well together, both on and off the pitch.
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He told the Times: “You definitely have to have teamwork. No one can ever do anything on their own. But you need a little bit of selfishness because that’s what you need as a front man.
“We’ve found a good balance. We’re doing well, scoring a lot of goals, and hopefully we can peak now towards the end of the season and get some trophies.”
Bale played a vital role in securing Real all three points over the weekend, his brace inspiring a comeback from 2-0 down away at Rayo Vallecano to win 3-2 and keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona.
The Welshman has enjoyed a fine season in the Spanish capital and insists Ronaldo has played a big part in helping him settle.
“He speaks English which helped me when I first came here,” he continued. “We also have that link from the Premier League.
“We get on really well. The press make a lot of things that maybe we don’t but we get on fine.
"We’ve never had a problem. I’ve never had an argument with him. He’s a very, very passionate person on the pitch — everyone knows that. He’s very determined.
“People sometimes seem to take that the wrong way. We haven’t had a problem."
Bale and Ronaldo have scored 65 goals between them in all competitions this campaign, with the vast majority coming through the Portugal international (47).
Individual statistics and records play a pivotal role in the confidence of footballers, yet Bale, who has 18 goals in 26 games thus far, insists he is more focused on Real’s results than how many times he finds the back of the net.
“He [Ronaldo] gives everything. Definitely. Especially that night [against Wolfsburg in the Champions League] he was in the right place at the right time to get the goals which was key for us.
“Whoever scores the goals we’re happy. We just want to win trophies.”
Real’s bid to claim their 11th European Cup title continues on Tuesday night when they face Manchester City at the Etihad in their semi-final first leg.
Manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed Ronaldo will travel with the squad to Manchester - welcome news to Real fans - but revealed Karim Benzema is a doubt after limping off against Rayo on Saturday.