Gareth Bale plays down Cristiano Ronaldo showdown talk


Wales meet Portugal in their Last four encounter, as the Real Madrid superstars prepare to go head to head on the international stage.

Yet Bale insists the match is about way more than the two Galaticos.

"It's not about two players, everybody knows that, it's about two nations, 11 men v 11 men," he said.

"It will be a very different game, they're in the semi for a reason but we'll enjoy the occasion as we have done.

"[Ronaldo is] a fantastic player, everybody knows what he can do, but we speak about what we can do as a team.

"The teams we've played had very good individuals, but it's about how we perform as a team and by doing that we can shut out a lot of threats.

"The star in our team is all of us. We are all together, we all work as one, running for each other, tackling for each other. We get on like brothers and we're having fun, enjoying the occasion, with no fear. It's working so far."

Bale says he gets on well with the Portuguese skipper at club level, yet refused to comment on the player’s attitude following widespread criticism throughout the European Championships.

"We get on well at Madrid and we enjoy playing with each other,” he continued. “I'm not sure what he does off the pitch, that's his private life. It's not for me to decide who's the better player. If I can help Wales win that's all I need."

Kick-off on Wednesday is set for 9pm.