Zidane thinks Bale 'not far off' Ronaldo and Messi
Bale 'not far off' Ronaldo and Messi, says Zidane
Click here to add Champions League as an alert
Disable alert for Champions League,
Click here to add Cristiano Ronaldo as an alert
Disable alert for Cristiano Ronaldo,
Click here to add Europa League as an alert
Disable alert for Europa League,
Click here to add Gareth Bale as an alert
Disable alert for Gareth Bale,
Click here to add Lionel Messi as an alert
Disable alert for Lionel Messi,
Click here to add Lyon as an alert
Disable alert for Lyon,
Click here to add Madrid as an alert
Disable alert for Madrid,
Click here to add Premier League as an alert
Disable alert for Premier League,
Click here to add San Antonio Spurs as an alert
Disable alert for San Antonio Spurs,
Click here to add Zinedine Zidane as an alert
Disable alert for Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane has expressed his belief that Gareth Bale is “not far off” playing at the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Welshman has scored 17 goals in 27 Premier League appearances this term to lead Spurs' chase for a top-four finish - form which has seen him strongly linked with a summer move to the Spanish capital.
And three-time Ballon d'Or winner Zidane has fuelled further speculation by choosing to enthuse about the winger despite being asked which player had impressed him most in this season's Champions League.
“This year the player who has impressed me most is not actually playing in the Champions League," he told Sky Sports. "He is playing in "the other cup" [Europa League], and that is [Gareth] Bale.
"You can't compare him, he is unique, he makes things look easy, his pace is frightening. His acceleration is unbelievable because of his ability to go through the gears in very little space.
"Plus, he is very good technically which is also important, we must not forget that he plays football well.
"He’s really impressed me. I’ve seen him two or three times live, including recently at Lyon, which wasn’t necessarily his best game, but where every time he got the ball he can surprise you.
"He’s perhaps not quite at the level of the other two [Ronaldo & Messi], but he’s different. So personally I don’t think he’s far off."
Copyright © 2009 Goal.com All rights reserved.