Rio Ferdinand has suggested that Gareth Bale has a few more years before he can be compared with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Welsh winger has been likened to Madrid’s No 7 in recent months, for his similar style of play, and for having been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
For Manchester United defender Ferdinand, though, who played alongside Ronaldo at Old Trafford and has faced Bale on a number of occasions, such comparisons are a little premature.
“People who talk of Bale in the same category as Cristiano or [Lionel] Messi do not know football,” the centre-back posted on his official Twitter account.
“Bale has been the best or second best in the Premier League this year but… he is still not at the level of CR7 and Messi.
“If he keeps doing what he is doing for two or three years, then there will be a debate.”