La Liga 2016-17: Gareth Bale is Cristiano Ronaldo’s heir apparent, says Dani Carvajal
Real Madrid right-back, Dani Carvajal, is of the opinion that Welsh wizard, Gareth Bale, is the natural successor to Portugal captain’s, Cristiano Ronaldo, throne at Real Madrid. Speaking to Madrid-bases media outlet, AS, the former Bayer Leverkusen full-back admitted that time plays its trick on everyone and, eventually, the former Manchester United winger will also fall prey to its claws.
"I believe Bale is Cristiano's heir," Carvajal told AS.
"Time passes and there will be a day when Cristiano is no longer on the same level, just like has happened with Raul and [Luis] Figo in the past. We do not know when it will be, but I think Bale is the right man for the job once that happens.”
The Galacticos’ youth product firmly believes that the Euro-winning Portugal captain will go on to play for the Whites even when he is 36 years old, but he also warned that it won’t be a walk in the park as the demands at the Spanish capital are on the high scale of things.
"I can imagine Cristiano being here until he is 36, but it is not easy because the demands at Madrid are very high. He will be in a great mood right now, because he won an award this week and renewed with Madrid and Nike.”
Ronaldo always demands the best from himself: Carvajal
The Blancos number 2 then went to reveal how the number 7 always pushing himself in order to be the best, which sometimes makes it look like he is frustrated.
"He always demands the best from himself and he can therefore sometimes look angry with himself. But that ambition has been key to all his goals and the Ballons d'Or he won.”
Finally, the Spain international backed his team-mate to win the Ballon d’Or for his performances this year. The former Sporting starlet might not have had the brightest starts to the season, but his credentials with club and country this year—winning the Champions League with the Merengues and Euro with Portugal—makes him deserving of the prestigious individual honour.
"I think Cristiano deserves to win the Ballon d'Or again for what he has achieved this year. He won the Champions League and captained Portugal to Euro 2016 glory. Plus he has scored loads of goals. He deserves it."
The 31-year-old has made an indifferent start with the club this season, scoring only 7 goals in the 12 appearances that he made this season.