Gareth Bale feels Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo “is the best player in the world” and therefore deserves to win the 2013 Ballon d’Or.
The recipient of Fifa’s top individual prize will be announced in Zurich on January 13, with Ronaldo, holder Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich ace Franck Ribery considered the favourites for the accolade.
Bale joined Los Blancos in early September, and he revealed Ronaldo has helped him settle in at the Bernabeu.
Bale added: “There is no rivalry at all. We get on very well.
“He’s helped me out a lot on and off the pitch.
“Since I’ve been here he’s had nothing bad to say to me; he’s just given me encouragement every game, given me confidence.
“He has been sharing his first experiences when he first came here and they have really helped me along. He’s been absolutely brilliant.
“We’re enjoying playing together and I think that the goals and assists show that we’re playing well together. There’s still a lot more to come from us both and hopefully we can have a successful season by doing that.”