Jude Bellingham’s stunning start to the new season at Real Madrid has won him fans across the globe. The fact that he has done so at a new club with gargantuan expectations only makes it more impressive.
Earlier this year, the youngster walked away with the Kopa Trophy at the Ballon d’Or ceremony. He added another accolade to his cabinet earlier today, winning the Golden Boy award by a whopping margin of 97%.
After two years of Barcelona dominating the award through Pedri and Gavi, the English prodigy brings Real Madrid back on the stage after a hiatus.
After all, he has not only shone with Los Blancos this season but also enjoyed a stellar run with Borussia Dortmund and the English national team over the past year.
Speaking after being named the Golden Boy, the Real Madrid star expressed his gratitude to all his mentors and well-wishers along the way with a heartfelt message.
“I want to thank everyone who voted for me in the Golden Boy Award for 2023. I also want to thank everyone who has been part of my career so far at Birmingham, Dortmund and now Real Madrid,” Bellingham said (h/t Tuttosport).
“This would not have been possible without them,” he said.
Bellingham also added that he hoped it was the first of many more to come, maintaining that his goal was to reach the stars.
“Now that I have received the Golden Boy Award, I want to continue and show as much of my potential as I can, and I hope to receive many awards in the future,” he remarked.
Bellingham was called up for duty with the English National Team for the international break despite having suffered a recent shoulder dislocation.
The Three Lions hoped to recover his services in time for their second game of the break, though he eventually returned to the Real Madrid camp.
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Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.