Gareth Bale is adamant there is no rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo and believes his Real Madrid team-mate deserves to win the Ballon d'Or.
Wales international Bale overtook Ronaldo as the world's most expensive player when he joined Real from Tottenham Hotspur before the close of the summer transfer window.
There were suggestions that the two attackers could struggle to play in the same team and that Ronaldo would be upset to lose his status as the game's most costly player.
However, Bale has praised the way Ronaldo has helped him to settle at the Santiago Bernabeu and insists there have been no issues with the former Manchester United winger.
"I wasn't nervous," Bale told The Independent of their first meeting. "It's obviously great to meet a player of his caliber.
"Since I've been here he's had nothing bad to say to me, he's just given me encouragement every game, given me confidence. He has been sharing his first experiences when he first came here and they have really helped...