Dreaming of being like Zidane
The bright smile of his father Mark, along with his mother Denise and younger brother Jobe, is the smile of all Real Madrid fans.
When Jude Bellingham showed off the back of his new Real Madrid shirt, the number 5 appeared under his surname.
The number 5 is associated with the immortal Zinedine Zidane, a historic number in the 21st century of Real Madrid.
Last season, the owner of the number 5 was midfielder Jesus Vallejo. The Spaniard will switch to the number 24 shirt, in case he continues to stick with the Bernabeu.
“Thank you Jesus! We talked to each other and he gave me this shirt number,” Bellingham shared excitedly.
Bellingham’s choice is nothing but admiration for Zidane and dreams of an illustrious career at the Bernabeu.
Bellingham is not Zidane, but he confidently writes his own story in the most impressive way.
“I admire Zidane,” Jude confided. “I don’t want to be like Zizou, because I play very differently, but I admire him. The legacy he has at this club is unbelievable.”
Bellingham’s first day at Valdebebas reflects the “ambition” as well as the “work” he and his family have done to be part of a club that has 14 Champions League titles.
“I know what Jude has worked for. Thank you for having this ambition,” president Florentino Pérez praised the British star.
Perez is completely satisfied to finally see the second most expensive contract in the club’s history.
103 million for one of the most promising stars of world football. A 19-year-old boy leaves Dortmund and does not want to join the Premier League.
Bellingham has no intention of returning to his country’s football team. He decided to take the most difficult but perhaps most rewarding route.
Perez emphasized: “You did everything possible to fulfill your dream and I want to feel for that.”
The head of the “White House” added proudly: “You have decided that your history must be linked with the history of the most prestigious club in the world of football.”
At the launch ceremony, as if to impress, Bellingham greeted in near-perfect Spanish: “Hello everyone, hello Madridista”.
It was followed by a short speech thanking his former team Dortmund, thanking Real Madrid, president Perez and transfer expert Juni Calafat. “This is the most important day of my life,” he stressed.
Say no to the Premier League
Bellingham, the best player in the Bundesliga 2022-23 and the 4th most valuable footballer in the world (according to Transfermarkt; 120 million euros) after Kylian Mbappe (180), Eriking Haaland (170) and Vinicius Junior, competes. for Real Madrid until 2029.
“Money is not important to me,” explained Bellingham when asked about his reasons for moving to Real Madrid and said no to the Premier League having a higher salary offer.
Jude continued: “I like the feeling in Madrid. The foundation in Europe is very important and the respect that England have for Real Madrid is extraordinary.”
The former Birmingham defender wants a big challenge, pushing the limits. “People tell me to go to the Premier League, sure that makes sense, but I want to get out of my comfort zone. I’m where I want to be.”
Bellingham, a player who describes himself as a “comprehensive person”, admitted that “my heart skipped a beat when I heard of the interest from Madrid”.
Standing next to Perez, Bellingham also admitted he had spoken to Carlo Ancelotti, “an extraordinary manager”. He is looking forward to playing alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
“The combination of experience and youth is extraordinary,” excited Bellingham. The Madridistas are also eagerly waiting to see the new “number 5” dance with the ball, like Zidane.
Ngoc Huy | 16:20 06/16/2023