Bale: It’s not about me and Ronaldo

Some are trying to paint the upcoming Euro 2016 semi-final between Wales and Portugal as a battle between Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, but Bale doesn't agree.

The Real Madrid team-mates will provide the main attacking options for their respective nations in Lyon on Wednesday, but Bale insists the match will not be decided by individual performances.

"It's not about two players," he said on Monday. "We know and everybody knows that it's about two nations in the semi-final – 11 men against 11.

"[Ronaldo] is a fantastic player, everyone knows what he can do. But we don't worry about the opposition. We just do what we do. It's about how we perform as a team, and as a team 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."

While Bale has cut a relaxed figure at the tournament so far, Ronaldo has at times appeared ill at ease, most notably when he threw a TV reporter's microphone into a lake.

Bale laughed at the mention of the incident, and said his club colleague must have had his reasons.

"I can't comment on how he's feeling or what he's doing. I'm sure he had his reasons for doing what he did," he said.

"I feel comfortable and we're enjoying ourselves. Sometimes you have to fulfil your responsibilities and doing interviews is a part of it.

"We get on very well at Madrid and enjoy playing with each other. What he does off the pitch is 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."

Bale admitted that losing key players Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies through suspension was a bitter pill to swallow, but said the squad remained determined to do the job against Portugal.

"It's horrible," he said. "The rules are difficult to take sometimes. They'll be hurt deep down, but they're not showing it. It's extra motivation to get to final."

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