Ex-Tottenham man: 'Powerful' Real Madrid star has improved Gareth Bale

Terry Venables believes that Cristiano Ronaldo has improved Gareth Bale since his move to Real Madrid.

Madrid prepare to face Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday evening, although Bale is set to miss the action due to injury.

The former Spurs winger won the Champions League title in his first season in Spain, playing as part of three-man attack with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. He netted 22 goals in 44 games in all competitions last season, and has started the current campaign with five strikes in 12. Whilst still failing to reach the highs of Ronaldo, he has statistically been excellent since his transfer to Spain, although he has yet to mould himself to the hearts of the Madridistas - despite his actions in the claiming of La Decima.

Having moved to the Bernabeu Stadium for a reported world record transfer fee of £85.3 million, the 25-year-old Welsh international has done nothing but improve upon the ability he displayed in North London, and former England, Spurs and Leeds manager Terry Venables believes that Ronaldo should take the credit for Bale’s current form.

When asked to decide upon the world’s greatest player, Venables told the Standard: “For a long while Lionel Messi had the edge but Cristiano Ronaldo is dominant now.

“He’s the man of the moment, he has everything — more power, power heading, power free-kicks, power shooting.

“I even think some of that strength has rubbed off on Gareth Bale, who also seems to have become increasingly stronger in every part of his game.”

Bale has a long way to go before he reaches the talents of Ronaldo - who is one of the greatest players in the history of the game. However, the Welshman has four-years on his Portuguese counterpart, and he could well continue to learn off the 29-year-old - allowing him to hopefully step into Ronaldo’s void whenever the superstar is absent.

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