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Jude Bellingham did not deserve Golden Boy award, says ex-Barcelona star: “Would like to know what he won in 2023”

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Hristo Stoichkov, the former Barcelona forward, is known for his outspoken nature, and this was no different when questioned during an interview about his stance on Jude Bellingham winning the Golden Boy 2023 Award.

The five-time La Liga winner argued that Bellingham did nothing to warrant this honour and since Gavi was not eligible, the likes of Jamal Musiala or Alejandro Balde deserved it more than the Madrid midfielder.

“Since Gavi was not eligible by regulation, the award should have been given to Musiala or Balde,” he said, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham has a bright future, but 2023 wasn’t his year

Stoichkov said that Bellingham is someone who he sees as a mix of [Michael] Laudrup, Kaka, and Paul Pogba, but he had nothing to show for in the year 2023 to be deserving of the honour.

“I do not dispute Bellingham’s value. He is one of the strongest talents in the world: he has a lot of class and a lot of brain. For me, he is a mix between Laudrup, Kaka, and Paul Pogba,” he said. 

He added that the future does belong to Bellingham and he will indeed fight for the prestigious Ballon d’Or, but this certainly wasn’t his year.

Jude Bellingham was named the winner of Golden Boy 2023. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

“The future is his. He will fight with [Kylian] Mbappe and [Erling] Haaland for the next Ballon d’Or, but I would like to know what he won in 2023 between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid. Nothing.”

Supporting his claim, he gave the example of Bayern Munich’s triumphant campaign last season, a race that went right to the wire. On the final matchday, Borussia Dortmund needed to win and so did Bayern Munich.

While the latter got what they wanted, Dortmund could only salvage a draw, meaning that the title was won by the Bavarians on goal difference.

“What success have all these goals brought to Real Madrid? You know well what my friend [Jose] Mourinho would say about the ‘titles’. Shall we talk then about how the last Bundesliga ended? 

“Borussia Dortmund had a two-point lead over Bayern when there were 90 minutes left in the championship. They were playing at home against Mainz, while the Bavarians were in Cologne. 

“What happened with five minutes left? [Thomas] Tuchel introduced Musiala, who in the final stretch scored the 3- 2 for Bayern while Borussia did not go beyond a 2-2 draw at home and goodbye to the title due to goal difference,” he argued.

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  1. Carl

    November 21, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    Let him first tell us which trophies Gavi won to deserve the golden ball

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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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