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Redknapp places Bale alongside Messi and Ronaldo

According to former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, Spurs winger Gareth Bale is approaching the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. "He's an amazing, amazing talent and he's after the Ronaldos and Messis of this world and he's getting better and better," Redknapp told BBC Sport.

"He's almost unplayable when he's on his game. He is a genuine world-class player. There's nobody he couldn't play for. He'd improve any team.

"He is already at the top but any team in the world would love to have Gareth Bale playing for them."

Bale is contracted to Spurs until 2015 and Redknapp managed Bale during his four years at White Hart Lane.

"He can do everything and could play anywhere. He's the full package," Redknapp said.

"He can head it, he can dribble, he can shoot, he's got a great physique. He's an amazing athlete, he can score with both feet - there are no weaknesses in his game.

"It was amazing how he turned the game around [against Scotland]. With 10 minutes to go you're looking for somebody who can do something special and Gareth can do something special.

"He is a great lad as well with a good family behind him. It couldn't happen to a nicer lad."

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