Next Wednesday, Gareth Bale will play the biggest international game of his life against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. He took to the stage Monday to speak about this particular game. And about CR7 too.
As his duel against Cristiano Ronaldo was the subject of much of the interview, Gareth Bale had no other choice than speak about his teammate at Real Madrid. Either about the player or the person.
Maxime H. - 04/07/2016
Gareth vs. Cristiano?
"It's not about two players. It's about two nations in a semifinal, 11 men against 11 men. It's going to be a very difficult game. They're in the semifinal for a reason. We're just going to try to enjoy the occasion as we always have."
Wales to fear CR7?
"Of course he's a fantastic player. Everybody knows what he can do. But we've always spoken about what we do, what we do ourselves as a team. We don't worry about the opposition. For us, it's about the team."
Bale = Wales?
"The team is the star for us. There's no stars on our team. We're all together, we all work as one. We all run for each other, tackle for each other, fight for each other. We're just a very close team. We all get along like brothers. We're here having fun. We have no fear. It's working so far."
Bale to win the Ballon d’Or?
"I never think about the Ballon d'Or. It's not in my mind at all. The most important thing for me is to win with my team."
Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies to miss the game?
"It's horrible. It's when the rules are difficult to take sometimes. You feel for them, of course, and of course they're going to be hurt deep down. But they're not showing it. They're really getting behind the team. I suppose it's giving us even more motivation now, for us to win the semifinal for them to play again in the tournament in the final. We're not doing it just for the nation and the badge. We're doing it for them as well."
Glad to play this semifinal?
"The biggest honor you can have is to play for your country. To be a part of history now for our country, to play in the biggest game our country has ever been involved in, is an amazing achievement in itself. But we think it's our time. We don't want it to end here. We want to continue the journey, continue to keep fighting, and hopefully we can make more history."