Gareth Bale Is Bringing out the Best in Cristiano Ronaldo

Tre' AtkinsonFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2013

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 05:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Juventus and Real Madrid at Juventus Arena on November 5, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid traveled to Italy on Tuesday to face off with Juventus in Champions League group play.

The match may have ended in a 2-2 draw, but the storyline was once again the phenomenal play of Cristiano Ronaldo.

After Arturo Vidal opened the scoring with a penalty, Ronaldo restored parity by beating the keeper in the 52nd minute. Less than 10 minutes later, Ronaldo again delivered for the visitors by setting up an assist for teammate Gareth Bale. Real Madrid had a 2-1 lead, but in the end, Juventus were able to steal a point.

Despite the outcome for Real Madrid, it was yet another match in which Ronaldo stole the spotlight.

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 23:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their opening goal during the  UEFA Champions League Group B match between Real Madrid CF and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 23, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.
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In fact, in his last three matches, the Portuguese winger has found the back of the net six times. Digging a bit deeper, Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in his last 10 games, providing two very important assists along the way.

But Ronaldo isn’t just putting up big numbers. His overall play has been outstanding lately and opponents have had no answer for what he has been able to do with and without the ball.

It has been a long time since Ronaldo has put in a bad performance, and one can even argue that he is in Ballon d’Or form at the moment.

Ronaldo’s talent has never been questioned, but what has brought about the dominant run of late?

To put it simply, it is none other than Gareth Bale who has Ronaldo firing on all cylinders.

Ronaldo has had his best performances of the season when Bale has played and is showing no signs of slowing down. Bale has already assisted four of Ronaldo’s goals in what should be a common trend for the next few years.

However, I don’t believe it is just the help that Bale is providing that has Ronaldo at his pinnacle lately. In truth, it may be the competition between the two that is bringing out the best of both.

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 02:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring his team's third goal with team mate Gareth Bale during the La Liga match between Rayo Vallecano de Madrid and Real Madrid CF  at Estadio de Vallecas on November 2, 2013
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There seems to be a new spark in Ronaldo. The 28-year-old always desires to be the best in the world, and that is showing now more than ever.

Could it be that the competition with Bale in the same squad and lineup is pushing Ronaldo to be even better? I believe the answer to that question is clearly yes.

Ronaldo has been matching Bale shot for shot over the last two weeks and the two are forming quite the attacking duo. But the Portugese forward is still standing head and shoulders above everyone else.

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 30:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Sevilla FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 30, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroy
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If this is a sign of things to come, the purchase of Bale has given Real Madrid much more than previously expected. It has also added healthy competition to an already incredible squad of players.

Real Madrid fans are surely enjoying the current run of form by Ronaldo. Everything is pointing to him continuing in this manner for a while, and if the Spanish club does lift La Decima this season, a lot of it will be because of Ronaldo.

For now, let’s all just sit back and enjoy what is going on in the Spanish capital.

Whether it is Gareth Bale or the words of Sepp Blatter, Ronaldo is on a mission and it doesn’t look like anyone can stop him.

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