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Jude Bellingham speaks after receiving the Golden Boy award: “Real Madrid is the best team ever”



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Monday night was golden for Real Madrid. The club dominated the award ceremony hosted by Tuttosport on the night, taking home both the Golden Boy and Golden Girl awards for 2023.

Jude Bellingham, who already won the Kopa Trophy earlier this year, was the overwhelming favourite to take home to Golden Boy accolade and did not disappoint, having won the award by a record margin.

After all, not many can make a case against him after his spectacular start to life in Madrid.

Having been announced as the winner last month, Bellingham received the Golden Boy award last night in Turin. Speaking to the media after winning the Golden Award, the English phenom did not hold back on his happiness.

“Thank you. I am very excited to join this group of special players. I am very happy to win Golden Boy.”

“This is a result of playing with great players. I have played and I am playing with amazing players. I would like to thank them the most,” he added.

He went on to stress how individual awards were never his primary focus, with the team and collective achievement always coming first.

“I want to help my team and country to be the best. That’s what it takes to be the best player in the world. I just want to help my team be better, that matters.”

Bellingham has truly flourished at Real Madrid and is enjoying life under Carlo Ancelotti’s command. Speaking about his current employers, the youngster emphasised how privileged he was to play at the club.

“Real Madrid is the best team ever. I am happy to have the opportunity to play here, you don’t get to do that every day.”

As part of his interview, Bellingham also took a dive back through the list of famous names to have won the Golden Boy award over the years and reminisced about one as his inspiration.

“It is such an honour to join this list. I would say Wayne Rooney is the one that motivated me the most from the Golden Boy list.”

“Messi who won Golden Boy went on to win 8 Ballon d’Ors? Not a bad achievement,” he added on Lionel Messi, who is also a former Golden Boy recipient.

Source: AS

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad



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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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