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Bellingham hails Real Madrid superstar after 3-2 win over Napoli: “Probably the best in the world”

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It was Jude Bellingham’s late goal that gave Real Madrid all three points in the team’s first UEFA Champions League clash of the season against Union Berlin.

Last night, he was on the money once more as Los Blancos locked horns with Napoli at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.

The 20-year-old scored a sensational solo goal to hand his side the lead in the first half. Not to forget, he also assisted Vini Jr’s early equaliser on the night.

The English phenom spoke to the media after his second UCL game in the white colours. He began by recalling his goal on the night and calling it one of the best ones he has ever scored.

“It may have been one of my best goals. We were in front of a great team and a great stadium. The most important thing has been the victory and having contributed to it.”

“They are three points that put us in a good situation and allow us to look forward instead of backwards. It’s important to keep up with this pace,” he added on the victory.

At the moment, not many players in world football can claim to be in better touch than Bellingham. The player elaborated on his mentality and confidence to stay at such a high level.

“I trust my abilities, but I didn’t know that everything could go so well. I owe everything to the coaching staff and my teammates because they make it very easy to express myself as I am doing.”

The new signing’s solo goal on the night drew comparisons with Diego Maradona, especially considering that the game was at the stadium named after the Argentine legend.

“It’s been a good goal. Because of the things I have seen in documentaries, Maradona’s quality was greater than mine,” Bellingham humbly said when asked about the same. 

“I was just trying to contribute as Jude, not as Maradona. In stadiums with atmospheres like this, it is important to win and play well,” he then added.

Wednesday’s game gave the world a glimpse of why the Bellingham-Vinicius combination is one of the most lethal in the sport. The English midfielder commented on his teammate and linked up with him.

“Vinicius is incredible. He is probably the best in the world and one of the most talented teammates I have ever had. It makes the games much easier for me. His speed and talent are a great company and I hope it stays that way.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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