Spanish news outlet MARCA has reported that Real Madrid have invested a whopping €893 million in the new Santiago Bernabeu project, adding that once the assignment is completed the iconic venue can hold an impressive 85,000 spectators.
The outlet adds that the renovation of the home ground of the record European champions began in 2019 and the new stadium is expected to be inaugurated on December 14, 2023.
The iconic venue in the capital city of Spain has seen various reforms ever since it was first built in December 1947. Right from having an arrangement for 125,000 spectators in 1954 to hosting a mere 75,000 fans in 1997, the stadium has been through a lot.
After the arrival of Florentino Perez in 2000, however, a step towards the betterment and advancement of the venue was proposed. This included all kinds of modernization and for that, €130 million were invested in five years to make it more profitable.
During this tenure, changes such as VIP boxes and the first restaurants within the stadium were introduced. This time around, however, the team will practically build a new stadium on the basis of the old one. And for what it is worth, the process has gone through all kinds of problems.
From hosting the games without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which accelerated the cost of the project to almost €900 million, it has seen it all.
The new Bernabeu will be a stadium with a retractable roof and grass, and a 360 video scoreboard. The venue will not only host football but also all kinds of massive events.
Right now, the execution of the work is being carried out according to the blueprint and if everything is on track, the home of the record European champions will be ready by the end of this year.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”