(Photo by Cortexena14)

(Photo by Cortexena14)


It has taken Gareth Bale 125 minutes (on average of course) to score a goal in the Champions league and La Liga combined. Not really as good as Ronaldo’s (or Messi’s) ratio but compared with the Barcelona youngster Neymar, who scores every 200 minutes, I think is pretty good.

Bale has not been really at his full potential this season due to injuries and what not but obviously at this level of sports, not being fit is not an excuse.

Bale has scored 14 to 15 goals this season depending on how you count while Neymar has scored 12 to 13 goals this season. Neymar has about 13 assists this season to Bale’s 11.

All in all, both are in stiff competition in terms of statistics. In terms of usefulness of goals, then Bale goes all over Neymar. Neymar’s goals, mostly, have been useless (in a very strict sense because otherwise every goal counts as one) and the one of importance that he did manage to score as against Real Madrid which needed help first from Arbeloa and then may be from Marcelo has well before feebly going pass Casillas.

While Bale has scored big goals against Juventus, in the league twice and against Schalke (though it did not matter in the end as Real Madrid eventually won that game 1-6 away from home. Before that Bale had scored his wonder goal to give Real Madrid 0-2 lead) pretty much sums up the contribution of both the players to their respective teams.

My conclusion, at least for this season so far, is that Bale is a big name big game player while Neymar is big name (big fine?) player only. Neymar has not been able to emulate his marauding runs of his Brazilian League days in La liga and that is perhaps understandable. Doesn’t hold true for Bale though as he has consistently shown that he can beat players one on one in La liga as he had done is BPL in the past.