Former Real Madrid doctor Jesus Olmo has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo is not the best athlete he has worked with to date.
The Juventus frontman is still one of best players in the world, with his strength, speed, and playing ability all still at incredible levels. However, Olmo believes that Gareth Bale is a more "complete athlete", who says he's the best he's ever worked with.
"Possibly the best athlete I've seen is Gareth Bale," he told Ideal.
"He's a natural athlete capable of excelling at practically any sport. He has unusual genetics and athletic ability, and I would say technical ability as well. He's the one who impressed me most in all aspects, although there is then performance, which comes about from different circumstances."
He also claimed that Madrid fans have not seen the best of Bale yet because he has been forced to play through pain in the past. "All athletes have their handicaps," Olmo added.
"People only see when a player is injured, but there are footballers who play when they've got physical problems.
"A good medical team ensure that you have the minimum possible chronic problems, but the only way to overcoming them is by working hard and very well in a target way. That requires effort and depends a lot on the player. Nothing detracts from a high-level athlete's performance more than chronic pain. Solving a small tendon problem is the best thing you can do for a footballer."