Marca: Jude Bellingham, Premier League steal of the century

Jude Bellingham has so far played 13 games for Real Madrid and Los Blancos have recorded a run of 11 wins, a draw and a loss. What Bellingham did in those 13 games never ceases to fascinate the world. The English midfielder shines in the attacking midfield of the Madrid giants, for whom he already has 13 goals and three assists.

The coach of the team, Carlo Ancelotti is happy with him, the fans are happy with the new star of the team, while the Spanish media are competing to give him the biggest compliment.

This is exactly what the newspaper Marca did in the text published on Saturday morning, describing Bellingham as the “theft of the century”.


Scouts recommended him to Premier League clubs

Marca newspaper have called him “the Premier League steal of the century” and “a winning ticket that has stunned the footballing world” as he recalls his early days at second-tier side Birmingham, for whom he made his debut as a 16-year-old. – year old.

It was in an EFL Cup match in August 2019 when, aged 16 years and 38 days, he played 80 minutes in a 0–3 defeat, with the Birmingham Mail naming him man of the match.

Marca recalls a scouting report early in Bellingham’s career that said he was “a tremendous prospect who needs to be signed and developed”. The report also states that for a year and a half he will be able to play for a club from the Premier League.

However, the road took Bellingham to Germany, where he signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2020. Exactly 132 games, 24 goals and 25 assists later, and on July 1 this year it was confirmed that he is moving to Real in a transfer of 103 million euros, with possible bonuses of 30 million.

“It was the winning ticket that Real stole from the League. It was the theft of the century”, writes Marca.

He refused richer offers

Real did not offer more. Although the club’s offer for Bellingham was incredible, it was less than what Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United put forward.

Bellingham accepted the six-year Real contract, which earns around 11 million euros a year, which is not the highest salary in the Real squad.


“Money is no longer important to him, if it was, he would accept an offer from one of the English clubs,” writes Marca, recalling the words of Real legend Jorge Valdano that “Real doesn’t pay with money, but famous”. and Bellingham’s statement that “he is coming to the biggest club in the world where he will be able to learn from the best”.

“Clubs from the Premier League will wait a long time for the chance to convince him to leave Madrid”, concludes the text of the Spanish newspaper.