Jude Bellingham entered the history books with his goals in Real Madrid’s Clasico victory over Barcelona.
But it turns out equalling a 27-year record against his side’s bitter league rivals wasn’t the only thing Bellingham, 20, loved about his double at the weekend.
The England international completed the comeback for Los Blancos on Saturday, cancelling out former Man City star Ilkay Gundogan’s opener as he scored in the 68th and second minute of injury time to make it 2-1.
As a result, the 20-year-old has become the first player to score ten goals from his opening ten LaLiga games in a season before turning 21 since Brazilian legend Ronaldo.
In doing so, he has equalled a 27-year record which was set in the 1996/97 campaign, which saw Ronaldo end up with 47 goals in all competitions for the Blaugrana.
That feat and the rest of his performance summed up Bellingham’s incredible start to life in Spain, with the midfielder now boasting 13 goals this term already.
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But after the game, the ex-Borussia Dortmund man showed just how determined he is to be the best of the best, joking he’d hopefully proved some doubters wrong thanks to the nature of his goals.
His first was an incredible, long range shot that nestled into the top right hand corner beyond the outstretched arms of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Then, the winning goal saw him volley home from close range after getting on the end of Luka Modric’s looping pass in the box.
When asked by Real Madrid’s social media team which of the two goals was his favourite, Bellingham laughed as he revealed his hilarious reasoning.
Smiling, he said: “Probably the first one. I can imagine everyone battering me for the second one.
“I know I get a lot of grief about scoring tap-ins, but when everyone stood still, I was on the move.
“You create your own luck and opportunities and I’ve done it again for the second goal.
“The first one was finally a bit better, a bit more classy. So yeah, the first one.”
Real Madrid clearly enjoyed poking fun at those criticising their top goal scorer, too.
“Our tap-in merchant,” the LaLiga giants wrote as the caption of the video of Bellingham on X.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side sit top of the league with 28 points, ahead of Girona on goal difference.
Meanwhile, Barca sit in fourth, four points behind their rivals.
And to top it off, he won the Kopa Trophy at the 2023 Ballon d’Or awards.
“Beautiful night at the Balond’or for the first time,” he posted on X.
“Very honoured to be awarded with the Kopa Trophy. Thank you to all teammates, members of staff and coaches who have helped and shown me support up until this point of my journey and especially in the past year. Finally, couldn’t be possible without the love from the fans. Now to continue to work for the most important thing in football, success and trophies with the team.”
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