Cristiano Ronaldo and I Never Argue, Says Real Madrid Teammate Gareth Bale

Ronaldo and Bale.
Cristiano Ronaldo, left, and Gareth Bale at Vicente Calderon Stadium, Madrid, February 11, 2014. Bale has refuted reports that he and Ronaldo have a fractured relationship. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty

Gareth Bale has defended his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final with Manchester City.

As the Welshman and his teammates go in search of Real's 11th European title — La Undecima —on Tuesday, Bale has refuted reports that he and Ronaldo have a fractured relationship.

"We get on really well. The press make a lot of things that maybe we don't, but we get on fine. We've never had a problem. I've never had an argument with him. He's a very, very passionate person on the pitch—everyone knows that. He's very determined. People sometimes seem to take that the wrong way. We haven't had a problem," Bale told The Times.

The former Tottenham Hotspur forward returns to play in England for the first time this week since his world-record transfer to the Bernabeu in 2013.

With Ronaldo expected to recover from a thigh muscle injury that kept him out of Real's 3-2 win over Rayo Vallecano—a first absence of the La Liga season—Bale explained how the duo had found a "good balance."

"You definitely have to have teamwork. No one can ever do anything on their own. But you need a little bit of selfishness because that's what you need as a frontman. We've found a good balance. We're doing well, scoring a lot of goals, and hopefully we can peak now towards the end of the season and get some trophies," the 26-year-old said.

Real are expected to be without Karim Benzema, the French striker, for the trip to Etihad Stadium after he picked up an injury against Rayo Vallecano.