Bale on Ronaldo: 'We get on really well'

Gareth Bale has revealed he has an excellent relationship with Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and has never had an argument with the Portugal forward.

The pair are the two biggest stars at the Bernabeu - Bale broke Ronaldo's world record transfer fee when he joined from Tottenham in 2013 - but the Welshman insisted there was no animosity between them.

They are expected to line up together for Madrid's Champions League semi-final first leg away to Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Bale said in an interview with The Times: "He (Ronaldo) speaks English which helped me when I first came here. 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."

Bale and Ronaldo are both known for the quality of their free-kicks and Bale said they shared responsibility from set-pieces.

"It's on the board: free-kicks left side (are for) him, free-kicks right side (are for) me. Every game. So we know exactly what's what," he added.

Bale also spoke highly of former Madrid manager Rafa Benitez, who was sacked earlier this season.

“I spoke to Benítez about the position I’d like to play because the previous year [2014/15] I didn’t feel I was getting the ball as much. I felt isolated out on the wing and I wasn’t able to do what I wanted to do and give my best for the club.

“He listened to me, and gave me more responsibility which was what I wanted. I had a good relationship with him. He speaks very good English which helps me. I was able to speak to him a lot. We had things in common from working in England. I just enjoyed working with him.”


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