Gareth Bale: Cristiano Ronaldo inspires me to be world's best

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Gareth Bale on life at Real Madrid, learning Spanish and Euro 2016

Gareth Bale says training and playing alongside Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo fuels his ambition to become the world's best player.

Bale, 25, joined Real in a world-record £85.3m deal in 2013 and won the Champions League in his first season.

Speaking to BBC's Football Focus, the Wales international said Ronaldo was the world's best player and gave him a "platform to aim for".

"I'm improving all the time and trying to get to the level Cristiano's at."

Ronaldo, who along with Bale has been nominated for the 2014 Ballon d'Or award, has already registered 22 goals in just 16 games in all competitions this season.

Bale & Ronaldo: Head-to-head
BaleRonaldo
25Age29
305Career appearances (all clubs)585
87Career goals (all clubs)397
47International appearances116
14International goals51
Champions League (1), Copa del Rey (1)Club honours (selected)Champions League (2), English Premier League (3), FA Cup (1), La Liga (1), Copa del Rey (2)
Southampton, Tottenham HotspurPrevious clubsSporting Lisbon, Manchester United

In total the 29-year-old Portugal international has scored 194 league goals in 174 appearances for Real, while netting 55 times in 55 Champions League matches for the current holders.

"The amount of goals he scores and what he does for the team is incredible," added Bale, who amassed 22 goals in his debut season at the Bernabeu.

"Nobody is living up to that at. At the moment he's on another level to everyone else.

"By seeing him in training and in games it gives me that kind of platform to aim for and keep improving, and hopefully one day I can get there.

"If you don't want to be the world's best you probably shouldn't be playing football."

You can watch the full interview with Gareth Bale on Football Focus, Saturday 8 November, 12:20 GMT on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

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