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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.

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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