Gareth Bale immediately consoled by Cristiano Ronaldo

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Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have had to deny rumours that they do not get on ever since the Welshman arrived at Real Madrid in 2013. There were rumours that Ronaldo didn't like that Bale cost more than him and that Bale was ready to take his throne by force.

On Wednesday night, however, when Wales met Portugal in the Euro 2016 semi-final, doubts over their relationship were dismissed once and for all.

The pair met on opposing sides in the Stade de Lyon with pundits widely tipping one of them to make the crucial difference. While the whole of Britain was hoping that man would be Bale, it turned out to be Ronaldo who sent his nation through.


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It took the 31-year-old 50 minutes to break the deadlock, leaping high above everyone else to meet Raphael Guerreiro majestic cross. Two minutes later, he provided the assist for Nani to effectively seal the match.

But following the final whistle, Ronaldo did not run off to celebrate on his own like most would have you believed. Instead, he took a deep breath in satisfaction and then went to speak to his Real Madrid team-mate. What followed was pretty damn emotional. Take a look below:

Is this the moment Ronaldo and Bale finally became best friends? We certainly think so.

It's worth noting that he did the very same with Luka Modric when Portugal knocked out Croatia in the second round.

Ronaldo's campaign

While he will be desperate to win the tournament on Sunday, most believe Ronaldo has already silenced most of his critics. They vehemently criticised the three-time Ballon d'Or winner after Portugal's group campaign in which they drew every single match and qualified third behind Hungary and Iceland.

Lest we forget that he looked as if he was about to burst at one point, even throwing a reporter's microphone in a lake. Now, the tables have turned. He has a shout of being named the tournament's top goalscorer and best player.

Natural goalscorer

This Los Blancos lovefest continued after the match with Bale happy to hand some praise to his superior, describing him as a natural goalscorer.

Bale told ITV of his club-mate: "Obviously he's a natural goalscorer and he scored yet again.
"But as I said it's not about them, it's about us. We'll pick ourselves up. We're a proud bunch. We have to be proud of what we've achieved in this tournament.

"We want to thank all the fans obviously – the support we have had is absolutely incredible."

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