La Liga: Match made in Real heaven

La Liga: Match made in Real heaven

There hasn't been an artistic line-up this exciting since John Lennon sat down with Paul McCartney and played harmonica on Love Me Do.

With Gareth Bale on the left, Cristiano Ronaldo on the right, Isco in the middle and Karim Benzema up front, Real Madrid boast more attacking intent than the Expendables.

The fickle notion that Bale and Ronaldo are somehow incompatible and the Portuguese winger is perturbed by the arrival of the Welsh wonder is not borne out by the duo's unparalleled pedigree.

Lennon once said: "I'm an artist, and if you give me a tuba, I'll bring you something out of it."

Pass Bale and Ronaldo a flat ball and a couple of pairs of second-hand boots and they'll make Harry Potter and his magic wand look like a street-hustling fraudster.

Put them in a football team that thrive on the alchemy of artistry and celebrity and they promise to be a double-act beyond compare.

Their similarities are as striking as they are startling. Both flourished when the relative shackles of being tied to the touchline were removed by farsighted managers.

Harry Redknapp loves the dinner party anecdote about his initial scepticism concerning the skinny kid from Cardiff - and in the former Spurs manager's defence, Bale went 24 Premier League games before chalking up a first victory - but his role in the winger's revolution cannot be understated.

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