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Real Madrid talisman has a long way to reach Gerrard, Lampard’s level, says PL legend



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Jude Bellingham is currently one of, if not the most valuable asset in world football. The youngster has been a bonafide match-winner for Real Madrid since he stepped onto the turn in the white colours for the first time and is currently the talisman of Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Concurrently, the 20-year-old is also a fundamental member of Gareth Southgate’s setup for the Three Lions and will be instrumental in the team’s ambition of conquering the EUROs next summer.

His heroics for both club and country have won the youngster praise from all over the globe. He has been labelled as a favourite for the next Ballon d’Or and has also drawn comparisons with some of the greats of the game.

Speaking to the media recently, former Real Madrid, Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen gave his two cents on Bellingham’s heroics.

While largely supportive of the propaganda around Bellingham, the Liverpool legend insisted that it was too early to compare the youngster with English greats.

“Jude Bellingham wouldn’t automatically be better than Gerrard, Lampard, and Scholes if he wins La Liga, the Champions League and Euro 2024 next year. He’d win the Ballon d’Or, though.”

“Those players did it for years and years and they never dropped their level. They won multiple titles and they were also Champions League winners,” he added, emphasising that longevity is a critical factor.

Finally, he reaffirmed that he was a fan of the youngster and summarised his stance, saying,

“Jude is amazing and there’s no bigger admirer of him than me, but we can’t talk about him being more decorated than those players just yet. He needs to do it for five, six, or seven years to be up there with them.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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