Come again, Jeff? Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale is better than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo? Yes, the Welshman is good, but better than his Portuguese counterpart? In the words of Ted Striker - "Surely you can't be serious?"
Consistency is a key part of any player's game. The best of the best - I'm talking Lionel Messi, Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani - continuously churn out performances of the highest order. Bale simply doesn't do that for Spurs. Stick two or more players on the Welshman and his impact is stifled. Do the same to Ronaldo and he'll be able to find a way past you, regardless.
Ronaldo has picked up 12 winners' medals during his career with both Manchester United and Real Madrid and countless individual honours, including the Ballon d'Or back in 2008. Bale's only winners medal? The Premier Academy League in 2006 with Southampton.
If it wasn't for Messi, Ronaldo would've broken almost every goalscoring record with Real Madrid; something that again matches in with his consistency. Heck, for Los Blancos alone, he's netted 179 goals in 178 games and 302 in 501 throughout his career. Bale on the other hand? 47 in 232 for both Southampton and Spurs.
Let's be honest - Ronaldo is aesthetically pleasing. Bale just, well, isn't.
Speed and Power
Bale is a physical phenomenon, let's be honest. When he picks the ball up from deep and runs at defenders, there is no stopping him at times, be it for Spurs or Wales. However, Ronaldo on the other hand doesn't need the ability to run from deep. Give him the ball with minimal space and he'll pick up speed similar to that of an 100m sprinter in half the distance.
Ronaldo is the most expensive player in the history of world football, costing Real £80m back in 2009; something that sent shockwaves across Europe. “Recession? Bah, there'll be no such thing,” joked Florentino Perez three-and-a-half years ago. However, Bale on the other hand is said to be valued at around £40m according to reports in England - you do the maths on that one.
If you haven't seen any Ronaldo free kick - most notably his effort for United against Portsmouth back in 2008 - then you really should. He all but invented a style that is all but replicated by, you guessed it, Bale. The Spurs man may've netted with one of his efforts against Liverpool earlier this season, but other than that his attempts pale in comparison to his Portuguese counterpart.
This ties in with the consistency section, but is again all too correct. If a team sticks two or more players on Bale, then it's impossible for him to utilise his immense pace and power to full effect. Do the same to Ronaldo at your peril.
Bale's best position for Spurs is on the left-wing, that's a given. With Aaron Lennon on the right, Andre Villas-Boas' side possess the capability to tear opponents a new one, especially on the counter. However, this is where the Welshman performs best. Ronaldo? Well, you could stick him on the left, right, through the middle and up front and he'd still give the same consistent display, regardless of the strength of opponent. Heck, at full-back he'd probably succeed, something Bale can't do.