"I’ve learned a bit of everything from him. The way he plays and gets himself into certain positions; it’s a chance to learn off one of the best in the world. Hopefully, that will improve me as a player."
Ronaldo has continued his fine goalscoring form this season, with 50 in all competitions, but Bale arguably scored the biggest of Real’s season so far – the winner in the Copa del Rey final.
He showed an incredible turn of pace to out-sprint Barcelona’s Marc Bartra and strike the killer blow in a 2-1 victory with five minutes to go.
He said: "That is what any player wants to do, score big goals in big games.
"I was just purely focused on the ball and if I am in a sprint with whoever, I fancy myself to beat them.
"It was obviously great to score the goal, and the important thing was to win the first trophy of the season. That gave us a lot of confidence."
On Saturday, this current crop of Real Madrid stars have the chance to become legends by winning the club’s 10th European Cup.
It would be their first European success since Zinedine Zidane’s wonder-strike secured a 2-1 victory against Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park in 2002.