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Real Madrid megastar’s sensational numbers in the UEFA Champions League

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Carlo Ancelotti’s second spell at Real Madrid has been nothing short of spectacular, especially from the perspective of the UEFA Champions League.

Since the manager returned three years ago, Los Blancos have progressed to the semifinal in all three iterations of the competition and have solidified their status as the kings of Europe.

While Ancelotti’s side has no dearth of superstars in its ranks, Vinicius Jr is one who has stood out with remarkable consistency. His numbers in the UCL in that duration are next to unbelievable.

Mr. Dependable

Since the 2021-22 season when Ancelotti arrived, the Brazilian phenom has been the player with the most goal contributions in the UEFA Champions League.

The Brazilian superstar has produced 34 goal contributions in just 33 games in the competition, four more than second-placed Kylian Mbappe and a staggering nine more than Robert Lewandowski.

Real Madrid’s main man in the UCL. (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

With his brace last night, the young phenom also established himself as one of the only players to have scored in three consecutive semifinals of the competitions.

The only others on the list are Kevin De Bruyne, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jari Litman.

When one adds to the the youngster’s match-winning goal in the UCL final against Liverpool two years ago, it is clear that he is one of the best in the world in his position. The Ballon d’Or and other individual accolades might not be far off.

An unreal season

When Real Madrid took on Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal last night, the Brazilian winger took matters into his own hands and recorded a brace to keep the scoreline even.

Across all competitions this season, the youngster has scored 21 goals and provided ten assists for Los Blancos.

Needless to say, the future thus looks bright for Real Madrid, especially considering that the youngster is likely to operate alongside Mbappe come June.

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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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