Bale: No problems between me and Ronaldo

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has Commented on persistent rumours of tension between him and the club’s star player, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The relationship between Bale and Ronaldo has mostly been portrayed in the press as strained. In his in-depth piece on Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Madrid, El Pais reporter Diego Torres described the two as having “the body language of competing farm animals.”

Further reports of the two’s off-field competition and dislike for each other has persisted, and the first public shots were eventually fired by Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, who told The Guardian: “I don’t think he [Bale] wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”

Since then, both players have, on occasion, displayed on-field frustrations with each other, and speculation again resurfaced when Ronaldo revealed that he rated Madrid team-mates Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez above the club’s £83m signing.

Now, in an interview with The Times, Bale has finally commented on the supposedly strained relationship between himself and the Portuguese superstar.

“[Cristiano] speaks English which helped me when I first came here,” he said. “We also have that link from the Premier League. We get on really well.

“The press make a lot of things that maybe we don’t but we get on fine. We’ve never had a problem. I’ve never had an argument with him. He’s a very, very passionate person on the pitch — everyone knows that. He’s very determined. People sometimes seem to take that the wrong way. We haven’t had a problem.”

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