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Real Betis defender chooses Messi over Bellingham as the best player in the world right now

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Aitor Ruibal made a significant impact for Real Betis in their recent clash against Real Madrid, securing a crucial goal to help his team secure a point with an equalizer.

In the post-game interview, Ruibal was asked about Jude Bellingham, who achieved an extraordinary milestone of 20 goals or assists in 18 matches and whether he is the best player in the world.

Messi is the world’s best: Ruibal

However, Ruibal had a different player in mind when discussing the world’s best – Lionel Messi.

“As long as Messi is active, I cannot say that anyone is better than him,” Ruibal stated (h/t Diario SPORT) following the Real Madrid game.

It’s worth noting that Messi was awarded the prestigious Ballon d’Or earlier in the year, surpassing other stars like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.

Ruibal chooses Messi over Bellingham (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

While acknowledging Bellingham’s rapid rise as one of the best in the world, Ruibal admitted, “It is true that he is one of the best right now, and at his age, he is surely among the best ones here, if not already.”

Bellingham’s stellar season at Real Madrid

Bellingham has indeed been one of Real Madrid’s top performers this season. As we approach the halfway point of the season, the Englishman has not gone two games back to back without scoring a goal.

That is why Bellingham was honoured with the Kopa Trophy for being the best young player in the tournament. He also won the prestigious Golden Boy Award, securing a whopping 485 points out of a possible 500 from the jury.

The Englishman looks set to achieve many more milestones heading into the second half of the campaign. However, it is imperative the midfielder remains fit and doesn’t fall victim of the club’s injury crisis this season.

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Real Madrid captain drops future hint – ‘Sometimes circumstances aren’t right to be a one-club man’

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Real Madrid are just days away from their highly anticipated Champions League final showdown against Borussia Dortmund.

Once the final has been played, planning for the summer transfer window will be in full swing, with the topic of arrivals and departures likely to be discussed.

One of the players facing an uncertain future is Nacho Fernandez. The Real Madrid captain has yet to disclose his future ambitions, despite nearing the end of his contract.

Nacho opens up about future

While he previously claimed that he had already made his decision, a shift in tone can be observed now, with Nacho asserting that he will soon sit with the club and his family to evaluate the best course of action

For now, the 34-year-old remains focused on the Champions League final and does not wish to draw any unnecessary attention.

“Future? The focus is on the final now. After that, I will sit with the club, Ancelotti and my family and I’ll decide what’s the best thing for me,” he told El Chiringuito.

On his way out? (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Fernandez acknowledges the fans’ support

Additionally, the veteran centre-back claimed that he does need a grand farewell to know how much the Madrid faithful appreciate him.

“That love the fans have for Toni is the same they have for me. I don’t need a farewell to know the fans love me,” he reflected.

Nacho has devoted his entire career to Real Madrid, rising through the ranks from the youth academy and spending over two decades with the Merengues.

However, he has alluded to the possibility of perhaps donning the colours of a different jersey.

“Sometimes the circumstances are not right to be a ‘one club man’,” he cryptically claimed.

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