‘I can’t mention Ronaldinho and Gareth Bale in the same sentence’


Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand recently claimed Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is above legendary Ronaldinho in the Champions League only. However, he admitted there was a difference in the levels of the two players in their careers and overall skills.

Ferdinand was part of the panel that picked the greatest XI of the Champions League era on BT Sport. When Ronaldinho and Bale’s names came up in conversation, the former England international was quick to say:

“Wait, you can’t mention Ronaldinho and Gareth Bale in the same sentence.”

However, when it was mentioned that it was based solely on their respective Champions League careers, Ferdinand said:

“Gareth Bale, he’s above Ronaldinho in that sense.”

He added:

“Gareth Bale, don’t get me wrong, he’s had a ridiculous career. What he won. The moments he had. But the moments that Ronaldinho had (in his career), the moments will live on with generations of people forever.

Ronaldinho is arguably the most skillful football the world has ever seen. The former Barcelona striker beat defenders with ease while showing immense skill and trickery on the ball. He won numerous team and individual trophies with Brazil and several clubs, including the 2005 Ballon d’Or. However, he only won one Champions League trophy with Barcelona in the 2005 season- 06.

Bale, meanwhile, now has five Champions League titles following Real Madrid’s triumph this season over Liverpool in the final on May 28. He is also the second top scorer in the final of the competition with three goals, only one behind Cristiano Ronaldo (4).

He produced some iconic moments in the competition, the most iconic being his performance in the 2018 final against Liverpool. He scored from a ridiculous header before launching a ferocious shot from 40 yards out.

Gareth Bale set to leave Real Madrid after nine rollercoaster years

The Welshman joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a record fee of €100m. He lit up Spanish football in his first year with his iconic goal in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona. He ran half the pitch as defender Marc Bartra tried to push him off the touchline to score the winner in their 2-1 win.

He also helped Real Madrid win their 10th Champions League title by scoring in their 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the final.

This set the tone as the Welshman won five Champions League titles, three La Liga titles, three UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups. He scored 106 goals and made 67 assists in 258 appearances for the club in all competitions.

It wasn’t all glory, however, as his injury problems kept popping up in the seasons after his debut. His relationship with some of Madrid’s Spanish fans and the Spanish media also declined.

According to Marca, his agent Jonathan Barnett has shared that the Welshman will now leave Real Madrid with his contract expiring this summer. As the 2022 FIFA World Cup approaches, it will be interesting to see where the Welshman goes next.

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