Bale vs Sterling - Who do the stats say was more effective last night?

Raheem Sterling

We compare the performances of Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale.

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Raheem Sterling's form for Liverpool this season has seen him linked with a move to Real Madrid already, with the Spanish reportedly circling to make him their next high profile signing.

Madrid crave big-money transfers and Sterling would certainly demand a sizeable fee if he was to leave Liverpool, where he has already established himself as one of their key players.

The 19-year-old looks like an English player who is ready to take on the world stage as he develops as a player, but would he be able to fit in at Madrid?

In any other club side in the world, Sterling would surely be guaranteed a starting place, but such is the wealth of Madrid's attacking quality his first-team opportunities could be limited if he did leave Anfield. 

At the Bernabeu, Sterling would be in direct competition for a place with Madrid's last marquee summer signing from the Premier League, Gareth Bale.

Bale signed in 2013 after a hugely impressive year with Tottenham Hotspur, becoming the most expensive player in world football, but who was the more effective of the two at the top level last night?

Whilst Liverpool toiled to defeat against Basel, Sterling was one of their brighter sparks. At the same time Bale was trying to break down a surprisingly resolute Ludogorets defence, in his side's 2-1 victory. 

However, despite the disappointing defeat that Liverpool suffered, Sterling proved that he can already be close to a match for the very best.

  PositionTeamShotsDribbles completedSuccessful dribblesPassesPassing AccuracyTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Gareth Bale FW Real 3 3 37.5% 31 83.87% 52 1 90
Raheem Sterling MF Liverpool 2 3 42.8% 22 77.27% 43 1 90

The Liverpool man was more successful with his dribbling, whilst they both managed a similar amount of shots.

Bale was more accurate with his passing, but in an attacking sense both posed a comparable amount of threat.

It is evidence of the talent that belongs to Sterling and, whilst his Liverpool teammates struggle to adapt to Champions League football this season, he is adjusting with ease. 

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