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Real Madrid rising star capably challenging Erling Haaland for the Golden Boot



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Jude Bellingham’s integration into the Real Madrid first team has been as smooth as silk. Despite being at the club for a very short period, the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder has made an appealing impact.

In all fairness, very few could have foreseen an adaptation as swift and remarkable as Bellingham’s. Above all, it was even more fleeting to see his emergence as a prolific goal scorer. 

When September rolled in, not many would have anticipated that the player who would challenge Erling Haaland this season in the race for the European Golden Boot would be Bellingham.

It was like gazing into a distorted mirror of the long term, a surreal reflection that seemed almost utopian, even for Bellingham himself. 

Who would have thought?

At this very moment, there exists only one player capable of casting a shadow over Erling Haaland in the race for the prestigious Golden Boot, and that player is none other than Bellingham, claims AS.

He has notched an impressive five goals in the ongoing season, while Haaland boasts six, translating to a tally of a goal every 70 and 83 minutes respectively.

Bellingham emerged as Ancelotti’s go-to player during the American tour, a fact evident from the outset, and in La Liga, he needed a mere eight minutes to make his mark. What’s truly astonishing is the effortless manner in which he does it all.

This season, a staggering 62% of Real Madrid’s goals bear his signature (five out of eight). A whopping 75% of Real Madrid’s goals this season have been either scored or assisted by him (five goals and one assist).

In the process, Bellingham has matched Real Madrid and football icon Cristiano Ronaldo’s start at the club, scoring in each of his first four appearances as a Galactico.

Bellingham has become more than just a player; he is the life force behind Real Madrid’s success, as was evident against Getafe on Saturday, when he grabbed the late winner and sent the Bernabeu into raptures.

The other side of sea

Smiling assasin. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, across the English Channel, there resides a football phenomenon, none other than Haaland, the goal-scoring beast who lit up the pitch with a staggering 52 goals last season.

Fast forward to the current campaign, a mere four matchdays into the Premier League, and Haaland has already unleashed his fury with six goals to his name. His latest onslaught occurred this past Saturday when he crafted a mesmerizing hat-trick against Fulham.

In the realm of European football, Haaland, a target for Real Madrid, reigns supreme as the current leading goal scorer among the five major leagues.

His closest challenger at present is Bellingham of course and the formidable Serhou Guirassy of Stuttgart, who has gallantly notched up five goals of his own.

While it is still a long way to go to even predict a Golden Boot winner, the signs are pretty positive for Bellingham and Real Madrid.

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Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”



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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.”

Source: AS

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