Bale: Portugal clash not about me and Ronaldo

Bale and Ronaldo are club mates
Bale and Ronaldo are club mates

Wales’ talisman Gareth Bale has played down claims that Wednesday’s semi final meeting at Euro 2016 would be a personal battle for supremacy between himself and Real Madrid team mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bale has been an influential figure, helping Wales to the first semi final in their history.

Ronaldo meanwhile scored the crucial goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw that helped Portugal avoid early elimination.

And now with both players set to face each other in the first semi final, the encounter is being hyped up as a battle between Bale and Ronaldo given the sense of rivalry that is said to exist between the two at club level.

But Bale is keen to insist that is far from the case.

“It’s not about two players, everybody knows that, it’s about two nations, 11 men v 11 men,” said Bale.

“It will be a very different game, they’re in the semi for a reason but we’ll enjoy the occasion as we have done.

“[Ronaldo is] a fantastic player, everybody knows what he can do, but we speak about what we can do as a team.

“The teams we’ve played had very good individuals, but it’s about how we perform as a team and by doing that we can shut out a lot of threats.

“The star in our team is all of us. We are all together, we all work as one, running for each other, tackling for each other. We get on like brothers and we’re having fun, enjoying the occasion, with no fear. It’s working so far.”


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