Gareth Bale reveals the best player he's played with...and it's not Ronaldo

Asked to name the best player he's ever played alongside, Gareth Bale raised a few eyebrows when his answer wasn't his Real Madrid teammate and three-time Balon d'Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Gareth Bale, jugador del Real Madrid, revela el mejor futbolista con el que jugó... y no es Cristiano Ronaldo.

Gareth Bale has revealed that the best player he’s ever played with is his former Wales teammate and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, not – to the surprise of some – three-time Balon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

"He was my hero" 

“For me, the best player is Ryan Giggs. He was my hero growing up and is a legend in world football. And he’s Welsh too,” Bale said during a sponsors event.

Giggs and Bale

Bale and Giggs made just two competitive appearances together for Wales back in 2007 before Giggs retired from international football.

Most decorated footballer in English football

The ex-United winger, now 42, made 672 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 114 goals, and is the most decorated footballer in English football history having won 34 trophies in a glittering career. (13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Champions Leagues, one European Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, one Fifa Club World Cup and nine Charity/Community Shields).