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Looking Like Ronaldo, Bale Rescues Tottenham
Independent, January 31st, 2013 1:24PM

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Gareth Bale, who scored a fantastic goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Norwich City on Wednesday, admitted that he tries to emulate Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo on the field. The Welshman’s 80th minute solo run and swerving shot flew past Norwich keeper Mark Bunn to rescue a point for Spurs, which is now just one point above fifth-place Everton.

“You put your targets high," Bale said after the game. "The way Ronaldo plays, he's the best all-round player in the world. People have said things in the past and the stuff he does is similar to what I do. He is a benchmark for every player who wants to be that good and it's useful to look at other players, watch how they do things and take my game to another level.” The 23-year-old has been regularly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer. “Apart from [Barcelona striker] Lionel Messi, Ronaldo is on a different planet and I'd love to be half as good as him," he added.

Despite Bale’s late strike and a late shot from substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tottenham barely troubled the Norwich goal over the 90 minutes, leading to speculation that Spurs will try to sign a striker before the transfer window shuts tonight.

"It was obviously great to get the goal but we're a bit disappointed," Bale admitted. "In the first half we were nowhere near good enough, not at the races,” he said. “In the second half we controlled the game and played some good football. We had quite a few chances and were quite unlucky not to win in the end."

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