By FOX Sports Staff
Barcelona's Messi is officially the top footballer on the planet after taking home the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2012 while Real Madrid star Ronaldo was the runners-up.
Bale was not even considered a finalist for the gong, but the Wales international's breathtaking performances for Spurs this season will probably ensure he is part of the final reckoning for this year's prize.
Ginola would be delighted if this were to happen as the Frenchman has no doubt that the 23-year-old Spurs attacker, who has bagged 17 Premier League goals this season, is now operating at the elite leve of Messi and Ronaldo.
"He's fantastic, especially this season. The kid still has so much to learn about the game but, at his age, he already knows a lot," Ginola told talkSPORT.
"He does a lot for Spurs. Scoring goals, doing so many things. He's got the strength, he's got everything.
"The main difference between Messi, Ronaldo and Gareth Bale is that they are not playing in the same league. Messi and Ronaldo are still in the Champions League and they're both scoring over 50 or 60 goals per season. It's quite a lot!
"But Gareth Bale is not a striker and he has still managed to score goals - very important ones. He is definitely in that league."
Ginola was the last Spurs player to be crowned PFA Player of the Year and he has backed Bale to take home the prize he won back in 1999.
"It will be tough but I will say Gareth Bale [as my best player of the season]," he said.
"I'm a Spurs man myself and to see another Spurs player being made Player of the Year, that will be good.
Bale faces stiff competition for the honour with Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Manchester United's Robin van Persie all strong contenders for the title.
However, the Welshman did receive glowing endorsement from football icon Zinedine Zidane recently.
The Real Madrid director picked out Bale as the one player who has impressed him the most this season.
"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," Zidane said.
"Plus, he's very good technically which is also important. We mustn't forget that he plays football very well!
"And 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.
"Every time he got the ball he can surprise you."
Madrid are rumoured to be lining up a bid for the £60million-rated player in the summer.