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Spurs star desperate to emulate former Man Utd hero

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Thursday, January 31, 2013
3:25 PM

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has revealed he is trying to model his game on Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The Welshman came to Spurs’ rescue for the umpteenth time last night, scoring a marvellous solo goal to snatch a draw for Spurs at Norwich.

Bale’s game has developed immensely since he moved to White Hart Lane in 2007. The 23-year-old has converted himself from gangly left-back to one of the most powerful and muscular attacking forwards in the game.

Bale’s ability to cut in from the touchline and fire powerful shots at goal stirs memories of Ronaldo’s time at Manchester United, and like the Portuguese, he has also become adept at playing through the middle, as he showed in the second half at Carrow Road last night.

The former Southampton man, who has regularly been linked with a move to the Bernabeu, admits he looks up to Ronaldo and hopes one day that he can replicate the success of the Portuguese, who has won one Spanish league title, three Premier Leagues, and a host of individual honours in his career.

“You put your targets high,” Bale said. “The way Ronaldo plays, he’s the best all-round player in the world.

“People have said things in the past and the stuff he does is similar to what I do.

“He is a benchmark for every player who wants to be that good and it’s useful to look at other players, watch how they do things and take my game to another level.

“Look at the way he takes free-kicks - he scores a lot of goals from them. He is obviously doing something right and he is on another level.

“Can I get there? One day. He’s one of the players who we all try to match. Apart from Lionel Messi, Ronaldo is on a different planet and I’d love to be half as good as him.”

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