Ex-Real Madrid doctor snubs Cristiano Ronaldo as he labels Gareth Bale the ‘best’
A former Real Madrid doctor claims Gareth Bale is a better athlete than Cristiano Ronaldo, describing him as “possibly the best I’ve ever seen”.
Wales international Bale has never fully warmed himself to the Real fans since moving to Spain, often proving to be a divisive figure.
After arriving in the Spanish capital from Tottenham for a world record fee in 2013 he has helped them win four Champions League titles.
Ronaldo is considered by many to be one of the best athletes in the game and is still going strong at Juventus aged 35.
His rigorous daily workout routine and attention to detail is well known all around the world and is the envy of many a footballer.
But, according to former Los Blancos doctor Jesus Olmo, it is Bale who eclipses the Portugal star in the athletic stakes.
“Possibly the best athlete I’ve seen is Gareth Bale,” Olmo told Ideal . “He’s a natural athlete capable of excelling at practically any sport.
“He has unusual genetics and athletic ability, and I would say technical ability as well.
“He’s the one who impressed me most in all aspects, although there is then performance, which comes about from different circumstances.”
Olmo also claimed Real fans have not seen the best of Bale during his time at the club because he has been forced to play through the pain barrier in the past.
“All athletes have their handicaps,” Olmo added. “People only see when a player is injured, but there are footballers who play when they’ve got physical problems.
“A good medical team ensure that you have the minimum possible chronic problems, but the only way to overcoming them is by working hard and very well in a target way. That requires effort and depends a lot on the player.
“Nothing detracts from a high-level athlete’s performance more than chronic pain. Solving a small tendon problem is the best thing you can do for a footballer.”
Bale’s future at the Bernabeu continues to be one of speculation with rumours of a return to the Premier League always not far away.
A move to former club Spurs is often touted, but Newcastle are also mow being linked ahead of a potential £300million Saudi-backed takeover.