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Real Madrid legend backs rising star to win Ballon d’Or in the future: “Can definitely reach the top”

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Jude Bellingham was the most dominant candidate as he won the prestigious Kopa Trophy at the 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony. He also bagged the Tuttosport’s Golden Boy award.

These accolades were simply an acknowledgment of an excellent start to a Real Madrid career for Bellingham, who has racked up 15 goals and four assists since joining the club.

Bellingham’s productivity, coupled with his maturity and leadership qualities have made him an indispensable figure in the Real Madrid setup.

Roberto Carlos backs Bellingham to win Ballon d’Or

Amid the Englishman’s unparalleled success at such a young age, former Real Madrid great Roberto Carlos has recently given his verdict on the player.

In fact, the former left-back has backed Jude Bellingham to reach the very top and win a Ballon d’Or title in the post-Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo era.

A gem in the making (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Speaking to Mirror at a summit in Portugal, Carlos said, “He’s an amazing player and has been doing great with the team. He is still young and if he continues on this path he can definitely reach the top.”

This is not the first time a footballing legend has heaped praise on Bellingham, as others such as Rio Ferdinand, Guti, and even Lothar Matthaus have backed the youngster to succeed in the years to come.

Guti has even labelled Bellingham as one of the best in the world despite his age, which is just a testament to the player’s maturity and pedigree at the highest level of football.

Nevertheless, Bellingham still has a long way to go and as Real Madrid continue to grapple with a lack of goalscoring options, the Englishman must continue his goalscoring form as the season progresses.

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Real Madrid ace misses training for third consecutive day ahead of UCL final

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As Real Madrid get closer and closer to their final game of the season against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, they are now sweating over the availability of one of their players.

It has already been confirmed that both David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni will miss the finals in London due to injuries.

Other than that, Carlo Ancelotti is likely to have the entirety of his squad available at his disposal, although there could be some concerns surrounding Andriy Lunin.

Lunin not in training for the third day in running

Indeed, Andriy Lunin has not participated in team training today, making it three days in a row heading into the Champions League final, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper is down with a fever that has kept him out of training for three days in a row now.

However, the report does add that despite not being in training for three days now, the Ukrainian international will fly to London and be on the squad list for the finals.

But with reports already suggesting that Thibaut Courtois will be starting in goal against Dortmund, Lunin’s continued absence from training only further strengthens the Belgian’s chances.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was absent from training on Tuesday due to personal reasons, is back working with the rest of the squad today. The Spaniard will have no involvement in Saturday’s final though.

Carlo Ancelotti is likely to go with the exact same starting lineup that he named for the Merengues’ final La Liga match against Real Betis.

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