Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale Rated Above Lionel Messi by Sergio Ramos

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 02: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates after scoring their 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 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Sergio Ramos believes Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are the two best attacking players in Europe.

As reported by Rik Sharma of the Daily Mail, the Real Madrid centre-back ranks his team-mates above Lionel Messi, outlining the pair’s flourishing partnership as something to behold:

The relationship he [Bale] has with Cristiano Ronaldo is very special.

For me they are the two best attacking players in Europe right now—and to have them in the same team is very special—I am just glad I play for Madrid and only have them in training.

Ramos also suggested both Ronaldo and Bale are models for the all-round player. They possess pace and power and can dribble, pass and shoot, making them particularly difficult to halt:

They are both just so complete in their game—there is not an attribute they don't have. I don't even think you can say they are hard to defend against—they are almost impossible to defend against.

Bale has rapidly silenced critics who questioned his form and £85 million fee after joining Madrid from Tottenham.

Although the Welshman played poorly during Los Blancos’ defeat to Barcelona, his sudden burst of form has helped both the club and Ronaldo to become increasingly rampant in front of goal.

Madrid average four goals per game across Bale’s three starts after the Clasico, racking up seven against Sevilla, three in the match with Rayo Vallecano and two versus Juventus. Bale has assisted four and scored three, per, while Ronaldo has assisted one and scored six in that time.

A tally of 10 goals and five assists between the pair in under 270 minutes of football is the kind of statistic to quash criticism of Madrid’s recently acquired Welshman. The Spanish press may have called Bale “irrelevant” after the Camp Nou failure, reported by Pete Jenson of the Daily Mail, but he is quickly establishing himself as a true Galactico.

Ramos suggests any doubters should now feel extremely stupid, per Sharma’s report:

Those that were questioning Gareth Bale now don't look all that intelligent. He has had to get over an injury and adjust to a new country—but already he is playing like one of the top players in Europe.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 06:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with his team-mate Neymar of FC Barcelona after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between FC Barcelona and AC Milan at Camp Nou on November 6, 2
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With Messi and Neymar also flourishing, Ramos' comments could be understood as an attempt to belittle Madrid's competitors for domestic success.

Carlo Ancelotti's team are currently six points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga and cannot afford any more slip-ups this season.

Should Bale and Ronaldo continue to shine, the Bernabeu has a real chance of enjoying major success across the coming year.