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Real Madrid talisman the second-most fouled player in Europe’s top five leagues



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Last weekend, when Real Madrid faced Almeria in La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu, star midfielder Jude Bellingham was seen having a go at the referee, Hernandez Maeso, at half-time.

The 20-year-old superstar was unhappy with the match official for he was at the receiving end of constant fouls by Almeria players but the referee was not stopping play or awarding free-kicks.

Bellingham the second-most fouled player in Europe

Now, MARCA has come out with a report that sheds light on Bellingham’s situation and somewhat justifies his complaints with the referee.

As per the report, the Real Madrid rising star is the player who has been fouled the second-highest number of times in all of Europe’s top five leagues.

Indeed, Bellingham has suffered a total of 72 fouls this season, only behind Mattia Zaccagna of Lazio, who has been fouled on 75 occasions by opposition players.

Real Madrid concerned

The report further goes on to state that Real Madrid are a little concerned about the situation and are not entirely pleased with the lack of protection towards Bellingham from match officials.

Not only is the Englishman the Merengues’ top scorer this season, he is also leading the goalscoring charts in La Liga and, in general, has been one of the best players in the competition, helping raise the level of the league.

Bellingham will miss this weekend’s La Liga clash against Las Palmas through suspension having picked up five yellow cards – most of which have come due to protests against referees for not giving fouls after rough challenges on him.

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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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