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Real Madrid talisman now the world’s most valuable player along with Mbappe, Haaland

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MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 29: Jude Bellingham of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid and SSC Napoli at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 29, 2023 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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Jude Bellingham has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the few months that he has been at Real Madrid.

Signed from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window in a deal worth €103 million plus €30 million in add-ons, the 20-year-old sensation has been the story of the season so far in Europe.

In 21 matches across all competitions, Bellingham has plundered 17 goals and set up five more for his teammates, helping Los Blancos rise to the top of the La Liga standings and finish as group winners in the UEFA Champions League.

Bellingham the most valuable player in the world

Bellingham’s rise in stature in his first few months at Real Madrid has also been matched with his transfer value shooting up meteorically.

When the England international arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, his market value, as per experts Transfermarkt, stood at €120 million.

Six months later, Bellingham’s market value now stands at a mammoth €180 million as per Transfermarkt, which makes him the world’s most valuable player – joined with two of Real Madrid’s dream transfer targets – Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.

It is only a reflection of how Bellingham has evolved into an absolute superstar in his short stint at Real Madrid.

The young midfielder has broken several goalscoring records in his early stint at the Spanish capital club and has made it a habit to come up clutch when the team needs him the most.

The 20-year-old recently won the Kopa Trophy and the Golden Boy award for 2023 and given his rapid rise to stardom, many in the footballing world have tipped him for the Ballon d’Or in the near future.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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