Gareth Bale has already produced the goods this season in a hugely impressive opening few games for club and country.
In the four games played since the beginning of the 2015/16 campaign, Bale hasn't yet been on the losing side and neither Real Madrid or Wales have conceded a goal during those four matches.
The ex-Tottenham man remains Wales' talisman and his excellence has propelled the Welsh to within touching distance of their first major tournament since 1958.
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Bale has once again found some consistency to his game and it has prompted a bold claim by his agent Jonathan Barnett.
Addressing a massed throng at the Soccerex convention on Monday, Barnett claimed his client was as good as team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.
As per the Mirror, he said: "In terms of achievements with the team, they're now at the same level.
"Cristiano is Cristiano. It’s not a question of competing against him. Nobody can take away what he has done.
"I don’t know about what tournaments he has won but Gareth isn’t too far behind. What matters most is that the team wins trophies; He could win the Ballon d’Or."
Unfortunately Barnett should think first before opening his mouth. Bale has five trophies to his name, four of which have come whilst at Madrid, and a League Cup winners medal with Tottenham.
Ronaldo has just the 13, including three Premier League titles with Manchester United and one La Liga title with Real Madrid. Therefore, on the question of trophies won, there is absolutely no comparison.
Arguably on an individual level too, there is little evidence to support Barnett's theory that Bale is as good as the Portuguese star.
Ronaldo's goals to games ratio is the best of any Madrid player in history and whilst Bale has been in amongst the goals during his time in Madrid, the likelihood of him getting anywhere close to Ronaldo is minimal. The same goes for assists. Bale has done his share in this regard, but not enough to be considered the equal of his team mate.
PACE AND POWER
What Bale does possess is power and pace. Bags of it. Like Ronaldo, the Welshman scares the living daylights out of defenders when at full tilt. His winning goal in the Copa Del Rey against Barcelona is direct evidence of the same.
But that doesn't really qualify him to be up there as a Ballon D'Or contender does it Mr. Barnett?
A successful debut campaign was followed by a disappointing second season in the Spanish capital, but Bale has begun 2015/16 with the same swagger of his first season.
It should serve him well if he continues to produce the high level of performance that we have seen since the start of the season. Indeed, thus far, per WhoScored.com, he is the top rated player in La Liga. In short, Gareth Bale is a good, nay great player. But he's no Ronaldo.
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