Jude Victor William Bellingham. This is the name of, almost certainly, the best player in the world today. The way in which this 20-year-old talent has burst in the scene at Real Madrid is a story of determination, youth and exceptionality that has left everyone in awe.
He is a player destined to play here and make history. In a rather complicated summer in Chamartín, with the serious injuries to Courtois and Militão, the Mbappé soap opera, the lack of a ‘9’, the drop in the performance of Vinícius and Rodrygo and the doubts about the new scheme, Bellingham appears to throw a whole Real Madrid full of doubts on his back, with the pressure that this entails.
Bellingham’s arrival has been a ray of light in a situation and thought of insufficient squad. His performance since his arrival has been nothing short of spectacular. Despite his young age, he is showing a maturity and exceptional quality that few expected at this level so early in his career.
One of Bellingham’s most outstanding qualities is his personality on the field. His confidence, poise and determination are commendable. His play reflects not only technical ability, vision and a goalscoring ability worthy of Europe’s best strikers, but also a tactical maturity and decision-making that surprises everyone.
And to talk about Jude Bellingham like that, there are more than enough fundamentals in just three months of competition. He has equalled Romario, Ronaldo and Lewandowski in scoring 10 goals in the first 10 league games. He has recorded the best goals and assists statistic of Real Madrid’s galactic signings since the 1940s, surpassing none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema or Gareth Bale with 13 goals and three assists.
He is the first player in the history of the ‘Clásicos‘ to score a brace on his debut, and is the current top scorer in LaLiga EA Sports and the UEFA Champions League (three goals, shared with six other players), as well as two MVP of the month in LaLiga and 10 MVPs in 15 games played between club and country.
Jude Bellingham is the living definition of the difference between a supercrack and a very good footballer. Supercracks win games with flashes of brilliance, without having to shine for 90 minutes, they are decisive and make their presence felt when the team needs them most. They are capable of tipping the balance with a gesture, being in the right place and having a magnet for those balls that decide games.
It isn’t unreasonable to consider Jude Bellingham as the best player in the world today. Despite fierce competition and the pressure that comes with playing for a club like Real Madrid, Bellingham hasn’t only lived up to expectations, but far exceeded them.
It is true that his extreme youth and the vagaries of football will mark his future and dictate the height of his legacy. But for that, there is still a long way to go.
For now, let’s enjoy Sir Jude Bellingham.
Translated by Marcos Rodríguez.
Main image: Edit Marta Calle.