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Influence beyond rivalry: Barcelona youngsters imitate Bellingham and Ronaldo’s celebrations

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Beyond the glittering trophies and the star-studded lineups, Real Madrid particularly prides itself in establishing a global brand that has helped the club amass millions of fans worldwide.

Indeed, theMerengues have traditionally sought players who are not just experts at their craft; but also have charismatic personalities to captivate audiences both on and off the pitch.

Take Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo for example. While his statistics and trophy cabinet speak for his talent, his aura and celebrations have equally been cherished.

The iconic ‘Siu’ celebration is a moment frozen in time. With a thunderous leap and an emphatic roar, Ronaldo unleashes a torrent of raw emotion that has inspired millions of fans worldwide.

Now, Jude Bellingham has come up with his own symbolic celebration by stoically raising his arms into the air and energizing onlookers in the stadium.

Even when Bellingham is not on the field, his Real Madrid teammates make sure his presence is felt by recreating the trademark celebration whenever a player scores a goal.

Influence rubbing off in La Masia

Despite their age-old rivalry, Real Madrid’s influence has trespassed into Barcelona’s academy La Masia.

Indeed, during a youth match today, some La Masia players did the ‘Bellingham celebration’ and the ‘Cristiano Ronaldo celebration’, as relayed by El Chiringuito.

It is often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and the Barça youngsters pulling out those recognizable celebrations encapsulates Real Madrid’s impact best.

Bellingham is admired by the best in the business

While the Englishman’s celebration may appear a tad bit cocky, legendary coach Jose Mourinho acknowledges it as showing character and personality.

“When Jude Bellingham scores and opens his arms to celebrate, it shows character. It’s not arrogance, it’s just ‘here I am, I did it again,” he stated.

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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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