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Manchester United legend lauds Real Madrid rising star: “One of the best in the world”

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Jude Bellingham was busy in the recent international hiatus. Called up for duty by Gareth Southgate, the Real Madrid ace joined The Three Lions for both of their games.

While he did not play the first game against Australia, he played a crucial role in the team’s second clash versus Italy.

He started the game against the Azzurri as the attacking midfielder and played 85 minutes on the night. In that duration, he provided one assist, two key passes, three dribbles, and created one big chance.

Former England and Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney, recently gave his two cents on Real Madrid’s latest English sensation and went on to call him one of the best in the business as revealed by The Mirror.

“What he’s doing is incredible. He showed his ability and maturity by taking a gamble and going to Dortmund – and it was a gamble. Then, to go to the next level at Real Madrid and start the season the way he has with England, it’s been great.”

“He’s in such a good run of form. At the minute, he’s one of the best players in the world. He’s in a purple patch,” added Rooney, who is now the manager of Bellingham’s boyhood club, Birmingham City.

Wayne Rooney thinks Bellingham is a future captain. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

“In my eyes, he’s a future captain. He’s really impressed with how he handles himself, how he speaks, how he plays – he’s a leader already – at the age of 20,” he added.

The English legend went on to admit that a dip in form would only be human and added that one must not be harsh on the youngster should such a sudden fall-off ensue.

“But I think what’s important is that he will have a dip and it’s important we don’t kill him when that happens. It will happen. Jude has the potential to be one of, if not, the best if he keeps going the way he is.”

Having completed his commitments to the national yeam, the youngster is back in Madrid gearing up to take on Sevilla. Considering that he played just 85 minutes for England, he could well start once again tomorrow.

Bellingham already has ten goals to his name this season for Real Madrid, eight of which came in La Liga. With El Clasico just around the corner, he will look to maintain his red-hot streak and his lead on the top scorers’ chart.

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Revealed: The blueprint behind Real Madrid’s €1 Billion revenue ambition

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As one of football’s biggest and most successful institutions, Real Madrid enjoy serious perks on the economic front. After all, they cater to a worldwide audience and thus see their remunerations come in from across borders.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only serve to further grow Los Blancos’ fanbase, and with a generational squad set to dominate world football for the years to come, Florentino Perez sees a special marketing opportunity.

According to reports from SPORT, Real Madrid have thus set themselves a target to hit €1 billion in revenue and have drawn up a concrete plan for the same.

The player aspect

As a football institution, one of the most significant aspects of remuneration is the team’s direct winnings in terms of prize money. Having won the Champions League last season and with Mbappe coming in, the team is in safe hands.

Moreover, the average age of Real Madrid’s squad is just 27.1 years implies that the team has significant longevity with little change expected in personnel.

The second important aspect that the club hopes to count on is the crowd-pulling factor that such young players exert on the new generation.

Kylian Mbappe will be the face of Real Madrid’s marketing campaign. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid already boast 410.9 million followers on social media and have added 48.4 million just last year. Mbappe, who himself has 132 million followers across Instagram and X, will further amplify that number next season and add to the club’s followers.

It is thus clear that the Frenchman will become the face of the club and the centre for all marketing operations of Real Madrid plan.

The road to €1 billion is thus not complicated, although Perez must be wary that Mbappe is picky with the brands he endorses. Further, the distribution of image rights will be a major factor to finalise.

The new Bernabeu

Having undergone extensive renovation, the New Santiago Bernabeu will take over as the world’s highest-grossing football stadium next season and play a massive role in boosting Real Madrid’s collections. The partnership with Sixth Street and Legends will also be crucial.

Furthermore, the new venue will also serve as a massive economy generator through miscellaneous events. Apart from Taylor Swift, the club also has agreements with Karol G, Aitana, Lola Indigo and La Velada del Ano de Ibai Llanos for exclusive events.

Real Madrid plan to add extra revenue from exclusive events at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Needless to say, such events will serve significantly to boost the income and near the elusive €1 billion mark.

Cost-cutting

The final, yet critical manoeuvre Perez plans is to cut the costs on the wage front with a salary reduction of €0% already being made in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. That was, in fact, one of the major reasons Real Madrid stayed on their feet in the pandemic.

Player sales is another element where the men in white have worked their plan, getting rid of the older players while their market value was still high and reinvesting the cash into younger talents who can serve for at least the next decade.

The club recorded north of €800 million in income last year and the €1 billion mark is not too far off. Needless to say, the coming year could thus be special for the men in white.

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