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Juventus legend lavishes praise on Real Madrid talisman: “Worth the €100 million”



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Former Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli has said that spending €100 million on Jude Bellingham was absolutely worth it for Real Madrid, adding that the midfielder is a ‘lethal footballer’.

Bellingham has made quite an impact this season while impressing one and all with his scintillating performances, having racked up 20 goals and six assists across all competitions. 

Surprisingly enough, despite playing less than 30 games for his new team in his debut season, the England midfielder has already surpassed his best-ever scoring tally.

Plenty of current and former footballers have talked about his impact on the Real Madrid squad in the past and Barzagli has just joined the wagon.

Speaking in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t AS), the former defender said:

“Jude Bellingham’s impact on a team like Real Madrid is amazing. The Englishman is a modern and lethal player. He has a great physique, he is cold in the face of the goal and is a great technician. I would say that he is worth the €100 million.”

Real Madrid are favourites to win the Champions League

Real Madrid are favourites to win the UEFA Champions League this season. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Bargazli, who formed a legendary partnership with Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini during his Juventus days, also said that in his opinion, the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid are the favourites to win the UEFA Champions League.

“They are among the favourites, the two main ones. At least on paper. One, Real Madrid, even if it is only because of its record, because of the weight of its history and they know how to win. 

“The other, Manchester City, who won it last year. It is never easy to win the Champions League twice in a row, coincidentally only Real Madrid have achieved it in recent years. 

“The games accumulate, you have to feel good between the first leg and the second leg, and sometimes the Champions League can be hard, the strongest, those with the best players, do not always advance. And then every year there is a revelation team, an underdog that advances,” explained the former Italy international.

Interestingly enough, Real Madrid happen to be the only team in the UEFA Champions League history to have won the continental championship two years in a row.

This season, while they are considered as favourites, a long list of injuries might elude them from winning the crown at some point.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining



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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:


Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.


Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.


The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.


Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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