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‘Something special’ – UK Prime Minister lauds Real Madrid midfielder



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The ongoing European Championship is being viewed with interest not only by avid football fans but also by world leaders across the globe.

Heading into the competition, French President Emmanuel Macron had already given his blessing while heaping praise on captain Kylian Mbappe.

Rishi Sunak on Jude Bellingham

In a similar instance, the UK’s Prime Minister has lauded English midfielder Jude Bellingham, calling him a ‘special player’.

“Jude Bellingham is something special,” wrote Sunak, whose tweet came shortly after England’s narrow 1-0 victory over Serbia, in the nation’s opening game of Euro 2024.

Bellingham scored the only goal of the game, with his 13th-minute opener sealing all three points for the Three Lions.

Regarding the game itself, Sunak wrote, “Tense finish but they got the job done.”

Apart from his goal, the Englishman caused all sorts of problems in the Serbian team, particularly with his runs into the box. He was quite competent in one-on-one duels as well, ending the game with an all-round performance.

Bellingham’s performance against Serbia is another reminder that the Real Madrid superstar could indeed become the most important player for England in Euro 2024.

His aggression and productivity could go a long way in adding more zest to the English team, as they look to secure their first-ever European Championship.

Not to mention, securing the Euros could help Bellingham further solidify his case for making the push for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, where he will face competition from his Real Madrid teammates Vinicius Junior and Kylian Mbappe.

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Real Madrid star presented with golden opportunity to seal Ballon d’Or triumph



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With the Euro and Copa America finals approaching, the period for Ballon d’Or 2024 consideration is about to close.

These final two matches represent the last opportunities for frontrunners of the individual award to make a significant impact.

Given their dominant domestic seasons, Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Jr. are top contenders for the award. However, Vinicius’ early exit with Brazil widens the field of candidates.

Bellingham’s golden opportunity

Now, Jude Bellingham has a golden opportunity to secure the Ballon d’Or if he leads his team to victory in the Euros.

Taking on Spain in the finals, a victory would ensure that the Champions League winner is awarded a first-place position on the Ballon d’Or podium.

His impressive stats at the Euros coupled with his two match-winning goals strengthen his chances of achieving victory. And a triumph on such a grand stage would cap off a stellar season, making a strong case for his candidacy.

Ballon d’Or incoming? (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

However, if Spain clinch the title in the final, the competition for the Ballon d’Or becomes much more open.

Given the Ballon d’Or’s tradition of placing significant importance on performances in international tournaments, the prospect of a Spanish player winning the award increases considerably if Spain wins the final.

In that case, Rodri stands as one of the frontrunners. Having won the Premier League with Manchester City and proving himself one of Spain’s most crucial performers in midfield, he would be a legitimate candidate.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s very own Dani Carvajal also would be a realistic option. He contributed considerably to Los Blancos’ trophies and scored the opener in the UEFA Champions League final.

The Euro final is pivotal for Bellingham’s Ballon d’Or prospects. Winning and performing well could secure the award for him. Finalists will be announced on September 4, with the grand ceremony set to take place on October 28.

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