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Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale insists there is no rivalry between him and Cristiano Ronaldo, and he believes his team-mate can win the Ballon d’Or.
Bale replaced Ronaldo as the world’s most expensive player in the summer when he joined the La Liga side before the end of the transfer window.
Reports suggested that the two would struggle to play alongside each other, but the pair have gelled perfectly in recent weeks and Bale admits that Ronaldo has helped him settle into life at the Bernabeu.
“I wasn’t nervous,” Bale told The Independent. “It’s obviously great to meet a player of his calibre.
“Since I’ve been here he’s had nothing bad to say to me, he’s just given me encouragement every game, given me confidence. He has been sharing his first experiences when he first came here and they have really helped me along. He’s been absolutely brilliant.
“There is no rivalry at all. We get on very well. He’s helped me out a lot on and off the pitch. We’re enjoying playing together and I think that the goals and assists show that we’re playing well together.”
He added: “There’s still a lot more to come from us both and hopefully we can have a successful season by doing that. Since I’ve been here he’s been nothing short of unbelievable. He’s not scored less than two goals in any game since I’ve been here, I think.
“The amount of goals he’s scored is just mind blowing this season.”