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Real Madrid legend sends open message to former teammates: ‘So proud of you’

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Following Barcelona’s shocking 4-2 defeat to Girona in the Catalan derby, Real Madrid have officially secured the 2023/24 La Liga campaign.

This marks yet another significant achievement for Carlo Ancelotti and perhaps even more so for some of the older players in the squad, who continue to shower themselves with trophies.

Nacho Fernandez and Luka Modric, in particular, are in focus as the two veterans have now equalled Marcelo and Karim Benzema’s record of winning most trophies at Real Madrid.

All four of these players have recorded 25 titles each as a Real Madrid player, with Modric and Nacho in contention to win one more as Los Blancos are still alive in the UEFA Champions League.

Marcelo’s message to Nacho & Modric

In light of Nacho and Luka Modric’s milestone, former Real Madrid superstar Marcelo had a message for both the veterans.

The legendary fullback congratulated the two on their milestone. Posting an Instagram story with both the players in the frame, Marcelo wrote, “So proud of you guys! LEGENDS, 25 titles.”

Marcelo’s message to Nacho and Modric. (Source: Instagram)

Marcelo, who also won 25 trophies at Real Madrid, left Santiago Bernabeu in 2022, a year after Ancelotti’s re-appointment.

Currently plying his trade with his childhood club Flamengo, Marcelo still remains a popular figure in the Real Madrid dressing room, as he has shared the pitch with many of the stars in the current setup.

Although both Modric and Nacho equalled Marcelo’s record this week, the Brazilian will be hoping that they will beat his record by winning the Champions League this season.

Real Madrid are slated to take on Bayern Munich in the second leg of the semifinals on Wednesday, with the Spanish giants requiring a win to seal a ticket for the final.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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