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England players, manager sing praises of Real Madrid ace Jude Bellingham: “Lucky to have him”

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If his phenomenal start to the season with Real Madrid was not enough, Jude Bellingham has continued his onslaught even on the international stage.

With England, the former Borussia Dortmund starlet has produced excellent performances this week, notably starring in the recent 3-1 win over Italy.

Speaking after the game, England players, along with coach Gareth Southgate waxed lyrical of Bellingham.

Best in the world: Harry Maguire

No way,” Harry Maguire said when asked whether there is any better midfielder in the world than Jude Bellingham right now.

“I have been speaking very highly of Bellingham in recent years. Since he arrived and started training with the boys, you could see his mentality, his physique, which is incredible,” Maguire said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

The Manchester United defender continued to praise Bellingham, adding, “For such a young boy to have his head on his shoulders and can deal with this. He is enormous and we must give him the credit he deserves.”

Maguire went on to back Bellingham to succeed at Real Madrid, especially following an exceptional start to the season.

Maguire is awed by Bellingham’s quality (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

“Jude can do everything. He is going to be a great, great player for England. I am sure because he has a great team around him and a great family. I hope he continues this form in Madrid,” he said.

Maguire was not the only England teammate to heap praise on the Real Madrid star. West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen, who watched on from the bench against Italy also joined in the praise, saying:

“You see the level of energy he has, how he drives, his determination. Everything. He forced the penalty, he participated in Rashford’s goal. He has been sensational.”

Former England goalkeeper Rob Green, who was working as a commentator, also joined in, stating: “Bellingham is better than everyone and he knows it.”

Gareth Southgate on Bellingham

Finally, even the England head coach Gareth Southgate could not stop himself from praising the Real Madrid superstar.

“His mentality is incredible,” Southgate said in an interview. “To show this level of maturity and humility at such a young age is incredible and we are very lucky to have him.”

“He is a catalytic footballer. I think because of the way he deploys himself and how he plays on the field. He had that from the first day he arrived,” Southgate further said.

“In addition to the power of his game, that gives us a plus in tight situations when he can solve it. Also, his confidence and his faith, and his desire to engage with the public, are very rare characteristics in such a young player,” the England coach added.

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Revealed: The blueprint behind Real Madrid’s €1 Billion revenue ambition

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As one of football’s biggest and most successful institutions, Real Madrid enjoy serious perks on the economic front. After all, they cater to a worldwide audience and thus see their remunerations come in from across borders.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only serve to further grow Los Blancos’ fanbase, and with a generational squad set to dominate world football for the years to come, Florentino Perez sees a special marketing opportunity.

According to reports from SPORT, Real Madrid have thus set themselves a target to hit €1 billion in revenue and have drawn up a concrete plan for the same.

The player aspect

As a football institution, one of the most significant aspects of remuneration is the team’s direct winnings in terms of prize money. Having won the Champions League last season and with Mbappe coming in, the team is in safe hands.

Moreover, the average age of Real Madrid’s squad is just 27.1 years implies that the team has significant longevity with little change expected in personnel.

The second important aspect that the club hopes to count on is the crowd-pulling factor that such young players exert on the new generation.

Kylian Mbappe will be the face of Real Madrid’s marketing campaign. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid already boast 410.9 million followers on social media and have added 48.4 million just last year. Mbappe, who himself has 132 million followers across Instagram and X, will further amplify that number next season and add to the club’s followers.

It is thus clear that the Frenchman will become the face of the club and the centre for all marketing operations of Real Madrid plan.

The road to €1 billion is thus not complicated, although Perez must be wary that Mbappe is picky with the brands he endorses. Further, the distribution of image rights will be a major factor to finalise.

The new Bernabeu

Having undergone extensive renovation, the New Santiago Bernabeu will take over as the world’s highest-grossing football stadium next season and play a massive role in boosting Real Madrid’s collections. The partnership with Sixth Street and Legends will also be crucial.

Furthermore, the new venue will also serve as a massive economy generator through miscellaneous events. Apart from Taylor Swift, the club also has agreements with Karol G, Aitana, Lola Indigo and La Velada del Ano de Ibai Llanos for exclusive events.

Real Madrid plan to add extra revenue from exclusive events at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Needless to say, such events will serve significantly to boost the income and near the elusive €1 billion mark.

Cost-cutting

The final, yet critical manoeuvre Perez plans is to cut the costs on the wage front with a salary reduction of €0% already being made in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. That was, in fact, one of the major reasons Real Madrid stayed on their feet in the pandemic.

Player sales is another element where the men in white have worked their plan, getting rid of the older players while their market value was still high and reinvesting the cash into younger talents who can serve for at least the next decade.

The club recorded north of €800 million in income last year and the €1 billion mark is not too far off. Needless to say, the coming year could thus be special for the men in white.

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