Jude Bellingham celebrates after scoring against Osasuna.
This summer, Jude Bellingham transferred from Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid for an astonishing fee of 103 million pounds. Despite only being 20 years old, Bellingham has already established himself as one of the world’s top midfielders, captaining his Dortmund side at 19 years old and impressing in the World Cup for England. So, when he made the move to Real Madrid, expectations were sky high. In his first ten games, Bellingham has risen to the occasion, exceeding expectations by scoring ten goals and providing three assists. With these goals, he equaled Cristiano Ronaldo’s start at Real Madrid, highlighting Bellingham’s unique quality and foreshadowing a bright future for him at the club.
Jude Bellingham started his goal tally in his debut, finding the net against Athletic Bilbao in a 2-0 win. In the post-match interview, Bellingham talked about his scoring mentality, saying “If you shoot, you have a chance to score.” His philosophy is to take the shot when he sees an opening and not wait for the perfect moment, as it is unlikely that an ideal chance will come. This mindset proved to serve him well over the start of his Real Madrid career, starting the next nine games in all competitions and scoring the same over that period.
Bellingham capped off his scoring run with a brace in the tenth game of the season. With goals on either side of halftime, Bellingham guided his team to a 4-0 win against Osasuna, giving them a two point lead over Girona FC at the top of the league table. Real Madrid now sits comfortably in first place in La Liga, largely thanks to Bellingham’s extraordinary transition in the team. He has cemented his place in Madrid’s starting XI, and if he keeps this form up for his entire six-year contract, he will find himself among Madrid’s long list of legends.