Gareth Bale is a better athlete than Cristiano Ronaldo, that is the claim of former Real Madrid doctor Jesus Olmo who described the Welshman as ‘possibly the best I've ever seen'.
Bale, who arrived in the Spanish capital from Tottenham for a world record fee in 2013, has proven to be a divisive figure among Real Madrid fans.
But there is no denying Bale's physical qualities have impressed a number of the club's staff, including Olmo who says he's the best he's ever worked with.
‘Possibly the best athlete I've seen is Gareth Bale,' he 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 would have worked with the likes of Ronaldo, who is still at peak physical condition at the age of 35 thanks to his rigorous exercise regime and diet, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos at the Bernabeu.
He 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.
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