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‘The greatest thing…’ – Italy legend heaps praise on Real Madrid rising star

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Former Juventus and Italy star Alessandro Del Piero paid a visit to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu earlier this week.

During the visit, the Italy legend sat down for a brief chat with the club’s official media channels and lavished great praise on one of the Merengues’ rising superstars in the form of Jude Bellingham.

The England international is enjoying a dream debut campaign at Real Madrid, both personally and with the team, and Del Piero hailed him for his personality, apart from the obvious contributions he makes on the pitch.

“The greatest thing, in addition to his physical and technical quality and the goal scorer he is, is his personality,” said Del Piero.

“Coming to a club as big as Real Madrid and playing with that personality and control of emotions and the game is incredible. It is something that impacts.”

Del Piero was full of praise for Bellingham. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images for Laureus)

The Juventus icon also had words of praise for his compatriot and current Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, as he said:

“He is a very intelligent person, he listens a lot to the players and the staff. The best thing is that he creates a relationship in the ideal work environment to win many things.”

Del Piero then went on to discuss Real Madrid’s chances in the UEFA Champions League this season, following their victory over Manchester City in the quarterfinals, saying:

“Real Madrid has a lot of confidence after eliminating Manchester City in the quarterfinals and also has a very great history with the Champions League competition.”

The legendary footballer also reminisced about the standing ovation he had received from the Santiago Bernabeu crowd during his playing days and proceeded to thank the fans for the gesture.

“You don’t expect people to do that. It was crazy and one of the things I remember most fondly of my career. Now I have the opportunity again to say thank you,” he concluded.

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Bellingham, Vinicius reveal their preferred picks for the Ballon d’Or

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As Real Madrid gear up to face Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the UEFA Champions League this weekend, a number of their players interacted with the press today as part of the UEFA Open Media Day.

Jude Bellingham was one of the stars who answered questions from the media ahead of what will be an emotional game for him against his former club, in his homeland.

The England international has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and is seen as a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or this season.

However, when asked about the Golden Orb, Bellingham tipped his Madrid teammate Vinicius Jr. as his pick to win the prestigious honour this year.

“For me, Vinicius is the best in the world. He creates magic out of nothing. He has everything to be the best,” said Bellingham, as quoted by The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai.

After all, Vinicius has also enjoyed a scintillating campaign and is one of the frontrunners to walk away with the Ballon d’Or, owing to his clutch performances for Real Madrid.

Who will win the 2024 Ballon d’Or? (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Brazilian also spoke to the media today and was asked about the Ballon d’Or. Interestingly, he went on to name Bellingham as his pick to win the Golden Ball.

“I would give the Ballon d’Or to Bellingham,” he said, as quoted by Carrusel.

When Bellingham was informed about Vinicius picking him as the favourite for the Ballon d’Or, the England international responded by saying:

“If that’s how he feels, then you can split it in two (laughs).”

The responses show the strong bond and camaraderie that the two superstars of Real Madrid share.

Both are contenders to lift the Golden Ball this year and a win in the Champions League, coupled with strong performances in the summer’s international tournaments, would further enhance their chances.

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