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Former Tottenham Hotspur hero: ‘Gareth Bale isn’t on Ronaldo and Messi level’

Football - Tottenham Hotspur Training - Spurs Lodge - 24/8/11 Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael van der Vaart during training Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jed Leicester LivepicFormer Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart has admitted he was surprised that former team-mate Gareth Bale joined European giants Real Madrid.

Speaking to FourFourTwo about the current Premier League season, van der Vaart told reporters that Bale is not on the same level of those he is often compared to.

“I never thought Bale would end up playing at Madrid,” Van der Vaart remarked.

Joining the North London club in 2010, the former Dutch international played alongside Bale under Harry Redknapp, enjoying great success in the Champions League, reaching the quarter-final stage.

The Ajax graduate has spoken before about his admiration of the Welsh star, although admits he has a long way to go before he reaches the level of the game’s two greats.

Van der Vaart continued: “Bale isn’t like [Cristiano] Ronaldo or [Lionel] Messi; that’s another level.”

Bale’s Wales face Van Der Vaart’s homeland Holland this Friday in an international friendly. 

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Mauricio Pochettino says Lionel Messi is not the greatest player ever

la-sp-sn-video-lionel-messi-incredible-goals-against-bayern-munich-20150506Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has told the Guardian that Lionel Messi still has a long way to go before he matches the ability of Diego Maradona.

When asked about Messi’s show-stopping performance against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, the Spurs boss was quick to say that fellow countryman Diego Maradona is his preferred choice for the title of ‘greatest ever player’.

Pochettino told reporters: “For me, it is always Maradona. I am sorry Messi. I love Messi, but for me it is always Maradona.

“I was lucky that I played with Diego Maradona. Maybe Maradona is one step up, because he is my idol. Messi is this type of player, for me the best in the world today, better than Cristiano Ronaldo and he can decide a game.” 

The Tottenham boss continued to comment over who he would pick should either of the two players play for him.

Pochettino said: “Now? Messi because Maradona is fat.”

The former Argentinian international told the media that Maradona was almost like a god to him, although Messi takes the crown now.

“Maradona, for my generation, is always a very special player. When I was a child Maradona was like a god. It is difficult in your mind to change your view and say Messi is better or Ronaldo is better but right now Messi is the best in the world.”



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