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Jude Bellingham picks goal vs Barcelona as one of his best moments of the season

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It has been a very special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid. Having arrived from Borussia Dortmund last summer, the 20-year-old enjoyed a spectacular campaign that ended with his team lifting La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Bellingham has already won the La Liga Player of the Season award and was then named the UEFA Champions League Young Player of the Season as well.

Now, the 20-year-old has added another individual accolade to his name as he has been voted the Real Madrid Fans’ Player of the Season.

With 23 goals in 42 games, Bellingham has been a main protagonist in the Merengues’ successful campaign and is very much deserving of the award.

Speaking to the club media after accepting the accolade, Bellingham said: “I am really proud to achieve this in my first year. It makes me very happy and I am very grateful to the fans for choosing me.

“I am very happy to be here and to be part of this family. I hope they enjoyed watching me play. It’s been a great year.”

Bellingham enjoyed a brilliant season. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Discussing what it meant for him to play for Real Madrid, he added: “To be honest, I love every minute and every second of being here.

“It’s hard to pick one word or one sentence to describe it. Every time I go out there I feel blessed. To play with these players, with this team, it’s an honour.”

Best moments of the season

Bellingham’s season has been not short on spectacular highlights as he has come up with some vital goals and contributions while his celebration after scoring has already become iconic.

So, when asked to pick the best moment of his debut season at Real Madrid, the England star said he would find it hard to choose one but named his spectacular goal against Barcelona in La Liga as one of those.

“‘I’ll keep a few moments. My first goal against Barcelona, from outside the box, was a great moment because it got us back in the game after being out. I really enjoyed that goal. I also love the goal against Napoli, with the dribble,” he said.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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