Southampton fullback Clyne: Spurs ace Bale in Messi class

Southampton fullback Nathaniel Clyne rates Tottenham star Gareth Bale in the class of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Southampton fullback Nathaniel Clyne rates Tottenham star Gareth Bale in the class of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Clyne, who did a good job of keeping the 23-year-old quiet, was in awe of the Welshman's late winner.

"I think he's in the same league as (Lionel) Messi and (Cristiano) Ronaldo," the England Under-21 full-back said.

"He's done really well this season and previous seasons as well, and in Europe as well.

"He's a player that can just get the ball and just pick it up and run with it and score. I personally rate him as being one of the world-class players."

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