Gareth Bale doesn't want to copy Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick style

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Gareth Bale has had to play the prince at Real Madrid since the day he arrived. Despite costing more than Cristiano Ronaldo, the three-time Ballon d'Or winner has so far refused to abdicated his Bernabeu throne.

But away from the European champions, and on the grand stage of Euro 2016, Bale has well and truly started to outshine the ageing Ronaldo. Bale's Wales team have every chance of qualifying for the knockout stages and that is thanks largely to his efforts from set-pieces.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo's Portugal are facing a shock exit from the group stages and the 31-year-old can take much of the blame for that.


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It is he who insists on taking every free-kick and every penalty despite his obvious lack of form. Indeed, in two games he has managed to miss a spot kick and has not converted any one of his 24 shots.

In comparison, Bale has taken three free-kicks and scored two of them. It should not come as a surprise, then, that the Welshman happily admits that both he is not interested in taking advice from his Real Madrid team-mate, admitting them both have their own styles.

Differing styles

Asked if his free-kick style was down to any advice from Ronaldo, Bale told reporters: "No, not really. I do it my way. I like my own style.

"We obviously practice together in training but on different sides. It depends where I am on the pitch and what side. I hit it slightly different depending where the ball is and how close you are.

"You always stand over them and think 'please just go in,' but it's not always the case. So it's nice to see the hard work pay off and see two go in so far."


According to the stats, it should be Ronaldo who is seeking the advice. The Portuguese became the least successful free-kick taker in European Championship history during the recent 0-0 draw with Austria after failing to score any of his 36 attempts.

Penalty woes

Ronaldo may also need to seek some pointers on how to score from 12-yards after failing to score four of his last five penalties for club and country. It is worth noting, however, that the one he did score was the one that sealed the Champions League for Real Madrid.

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