Tuesday, April 02, 2013
''BALE IS THE BEST PLAYER IN EUROPE THIS YEAR'' ZINEDANE ZIDANE
Former French football star Zinedane Zidane have described Tottenham star, Gareth Bale as the best player in Europe this year and lavished praise on the Welshman
Zidane, who is a director of football at former club Real Madrid, was speaking ahead of the Spanish champions' Champions League clash against Galatasaray tomorrow night.
When asked which player had impressed him most in the competition so far, three-time FIFA World Player of the Year and former World Cup-winner Zidane chose instead to talk up the talents of Bale - a £60million summer target of Real's.
'There are always players who are a cut above, take Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid for example,' Zidane, 40, told Sky Sports.
'The problem is this year the player who has impressed me most is not actually playing in the Champions League.
'He is playing in "the other cup" (Europa League), and that is (Gareth) Bale.'
Zidane - widely considered to be one of the greatest players to have ever played the game - then continued to laud the 23-year-old's talents, something which will only fuel speculation of a Real move for the player this summer.
He added: 'You can't compare him, he is unique, he makes things look easy, his pace is frightening.
'His acceleration is unbelievable because of his ability to go through the gears in very little space.
'Plus, he is very good technically which is also important, we must not forget that he plays football well.
'He’s really impressed me. I’ve seen him two or three times live, including recently at Lyon, which wasn’t necessarily his best game, but where every time he got the ball he can surprise you.'