Tottenham star wants to become the 'next Cristiano Ronaldo'

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Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale wants to follow the example set by Cristiano Ronaldo, and become the "best all-round player in the world."

Bale has flourished at Spurs since signing from Southampton, and is now widely regarded as one of the best wingers in the world.

Like Ronaldo, he made a big-money move to the Premier League while still just a teenager, and the Wales international hopes to follow his lead by developing into one of the game's most feared attackers.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, and quoted on ESPN, Bale said: "You put your targets high. The way Ronaldo plays, he's the best all-round player in the world. People have said things in the past and the stuff he does is similar to what I do.

"He is a benchmark for every player who wants to be that good and it's useful to look at other players, watch how they do things and take my game to another level.

"Look at the way he takes free-kicks - he scores a lot of goals from them. He is obviously doing something right and he is on another level. Can I get there? One day.

"He's one of the players who we all try to match. Apart from Lionel Messi, Ronaldo is on a different planet and I'd love to be half as good as him."

Bale has been linked with a big-money move to join Ronaldo at Real Madrid, while Barcelona have also been credited with an interest in the Welsh winger.

But the transfer window shut yesterday with little movement on deadline day - Spurs sold Jermaine Jenas to QPR, while Andros Townsend joined the relegation strugglers on loan.

A late move for Internacional striker Leandro Damiao was ultimately knocked back by the Brazilian club, which leaves Andre Villas-Boas with a shortage of options up front.

Harry Kane has been recalled from his loan spell at Norwich City, while Emmanuel Adebayor has been with Togo at the Africa Cup of Nations and Jermain Defoe has been struggling with a hip injury.

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