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Real Madrid icon ‘privileged’ that Jude Bellingham is compared to him



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Widely regarded as one of the most gifted footballers Brazil has ever produced, Kaka sat down with 90 Min for an exclusive interview.

While the former Real Madrid star mostly talked about his participation in Gatorade’s 5v5 Fuel tournament ahead of the Champions League last week, he notably praised Carlo Ancelotti in the interview while also offering his take on comparisons with Jude Bellingham.

Kaka on Bellingham comparisons

Kaka notably admitted it’s a privilege to be mentioned alongside Bellingham, who has emerged as a star figure for Real Madrid in his debut season.

“For me, it’s a privilege of course because Jude is doing really, really great,” Kaka said.

Bellingham has impressed in his first season at Real Madrid, scoring 23 goals and providing 11 assists to help the team win both La Liga and the Champions League.

While the Englishman could not finish the season as Real Madrid’s top scorer, his overall contributions have made him a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or.

While not a huge fan of comparisons due to individual differences, Kaka is clearly impressed with Bellingham’s trajectory.

“Even if I don’t like comparisons much, because I think everyone is different, everyone has their own background and history, but to be compared to Jude it’s a privilege,” he said.

Kaka is impressed with Jude Bellingham. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

“He’s amazing, what he’s doing not just now but also what he did with Dortmund and what he’s done with the national team. He’s building his career, it’s really, really good,” the Brazilian added.

Kaka heaps praise on Ancelotti

A Ballon d’Or winner himself, Kaka went on to praise his former coach, Carlo Ancelotti.

“Ancelotti has had a lot of players, he’s known a lot of players as a coach, so he knows a lot and if he’s comparing then I think it’s true,” Kaka said.

Kaka played under Ancelotti during their time together at AC Milan. The attacking midfielder had featured in 270 games under the Italian, racking up an impressive 95 goals and 74 assists.

Aware of Ancelotti’s coaching, Kaka took the opportunity to praise his former manager, highlighting his man-management skills as a key factor in his success.

“He’s incredible. It’s the way that he can manage people, that’s what makes him so special,” Kaka said. “The way he manages people, the players, the squad, is ultimately what’s really important, and that’s what makes the difference.”

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success



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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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