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Bellingham was on penalty duty for Real Madrid vs Barcelona, but let Vinicius Jr. take spot-kick



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Real Madrid bagged their first trophy of the 2023/24 season when they defeated FC Barcelona 4-1 last night to win the Spanish Super Cup.

Vinicius Jr. was the star of the show for Los Blancos as he scored a sensational first-half hat-trick to seal the deal for his team without giving Barcelona any chance.

The Brazilian superstar opened the scoring just seven minutes in, finishing off a fine break after being played in behind the Barça defence by Jude Bellingham.

Three minutes later, the 23-year-old doubled his tally, applying the finishing touches to yet another counter, before making it three with a penalty.

Bellingham was on penalty duties

However, as per new footage from Movistar (h/t Madrid Xtra), Vinicius would not have been able to complete the first-half hattrick if not for Bellingham.

Indeed, it was Bellingham who was on penalty duties for Real Madrid against Barcelona last night and was supposed to take the spot-kick that his team won in the first period.

But, having already netted two goals, Vinicius asked the Englishman if he could take the penalty and the midfielder happily obliged.

“Next time it’s for me,” Bellingham told Vinicius after allowing him to take the penalty.

The 23-year-old Brazilian made no mistake from the spot and went on to dedicate the goal to the €103 million summer signing.

Real Madrid have not had the best of records from penalty spots this season and they will be hoping that things take a turn for the better after Vinicius’ goal against Barcelona last night in Riyadh.

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus



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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

A complete breakdown

Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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