Sunday 25 September 2016

Gareth Bale v Cristiano Ronaldo - Here is how the two Real Madrid stars compare head to head

Phil Blanche

Published 04/07/2016 | 11:28

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo will face each other on Wednesday
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo will face each other on Wednesday

Wales will meet Portugal in the semi-final of Euro 2016 on Wednesday and that means a meeting between Real Madrid team-mates Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Here is a look at how their respective international careers stack up:

CAPS

Bale won his 60th cap in the Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium, having made his debut in 2006 to become Wales' youngest ever player at the age of 16 years and 315 days. Ronaldo became Portugal's most capped player at Euro 2016, breaking the record of Luis Figo, and has now made 131 appearances for his country.

TOURNAMENTS

Wales had waited 58 years to play at a major finals following the 1958 World Cup. But Bale has made the most of his opportunity with three goals and one assist. Ronaldo is a veteran of major tournaments having played in seven - four European Championships and three World Cups - but has never really made a lasting impression in any.

GOALS

Bale is joint fourth on Wales' all-time scoring list with Dean Saunders on 22 goals - and six short of equalling Ian Rush's record. Ronaldo is Portugal's record goalscorer with 60, far eclipsing the previous best mark of 47 set by Pauleta.

EURO 2016

Both Bale and Ronaldo have been involved in four goals at Euro 2016. Bale leads by three goals to two with Ronaldo having an extra assist. While Ronaldo has had many more goal attempts - 32 to Bale's 20 - only nine of his efforts have been on target. That rate of 28.1 per cent compares miserably to Bale's 70 per cent - 14 of his shots being on target. Ronaldo has also shown his impatience, being caught offside 11 times compared to Bale's two.

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