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Official: Jude Bellingham wins Laureus Award for 2024 Breakthrough of the Year

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It has been a fantastic 24 hours for Real Madrid, and especially talisman Jude Bellingham, who scored the winner against Barcelona yesternight in their 3-2 win at the Santiago Bernabeu.

If that was not enough, Bellingham has now officially been awarded the Laureus Award for the Breakthrough of the Year for 2024.

The Englishman shouldered immense expectations when he moved from Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid in the summer for €103 million, especially after rejecting moves to several Premier League giants such as Liverpool and Manchester City.

He has met those expectations and exceeded them by a ton, having scored 21 goals this season in Carlo Ancelotti’s experimental 4-3-1-2 system. He also has ten assists to his name.

These numbers, while exceptional, do not even begin to paint the bigger picture of Bellingham’s impact at Madrid, with winners against Barcelona – twice now -, Union Berlin, Getafe, Celta Vigo, and more.

He was nominated for the award alongside Linda Caicedo, Coco Gauff, Qin Haiyang, Josh Kerr, and Barcelona Femeni’s Salma Paralluelo.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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