The Real Madrid new boy has scored five goals in four games for Los Blancos

Sergio Moraleda



There can be few doubts about it: Jude Bellingham is the summer’s headline signing. The 20-year-old is one of the biggest talents in world soccer.

Bellingham’s arrival at Real Madrid has been hugely exciting for Los Blancos’ fans, who had been starved of a ‘galáctico’ signing in recent times.

And it’s fair to say that the Englishman has started well in Spain. In his first four games for Madrid, he has scored five goals and supplied an assist.

Carlo Ancelotti has devised a 4-4-2 formation in which Bellingham roams from box to box, appearing in both deep and advanced midfield positions.

With Vinícius Júnior missing games through injury and Joselu a supporting actor, Bellingham has emerged  as Real Madrid’s chief goal-getter.

He's fully justifying his price tag: Madrid bought him for €103m plus €31m in add-ons, making him one of LaLiga's most expensive ever signings.

Part of a tight-knit family, Bellingham has always had unfailing support from his parents - particularly his dad, who is a former semi-professional player.

Mark Bellingham is a legend of the English non-league game, having scored over 700 goals in his career. He inspired his sons to take up soccer.

At six, Jude Bellingham joined Birmingham City’s youth set-up. A decade later, he made his first-team debut with the No. 22 on his back.

Bellingham chose the shirt after talking to youth coach Mike Dodds, who told him he could be a midfield ‘4’, ‘8’ or ’10’. The numbers add up to 22.

When Bellingham left Birmingham for Borussia Dortmund in 2020, the Midlands club decided to retire the  shirt in the player’s honour.

Capped 24 times by England, he is  the youngest player to appear at the Euros and the second-youngest Englishman to feature at a World Cup.

Bellingham looks set to be a key man for Madrid - but can he continue to score at such a relentless rate for the 14-time European champions?