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Jude Bellingham: history, titles, goals scored and curiosities

Jude Bellingham Biography

Jude Bellingham Biography

jude Bellingham is a phenomenon in the world of football. The English player plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and the English national team.

Jude Bellingham

One of the biggest talents in English football today, Jude Bellingham is quickly rising to prominence in the world’s most competitive sport, even at just 20 years old.

The promising star of the Spanish team has recorded great achievements with his brilliant performances for both the national team and the club.

Given this, it is worth continuing in this text where we will detail the entire life of the young Englishman Jude Bellingham.

Jude Bellingham: childhood and life before football

Jude Bellingham was born in the town of Stourbridge on June 29, 2003. He is the first of two children born to Mark Bellingham and Denise Bellingham.

According to reports from his parents, Jude Bellingham was an obedient and promising child. At this time, his father was already influencing him with stories about football and the world of sport.

His father’s passion and natural love for football motivated the young Englishman to try and pursue football as a professional career.

Jude Bellingham attended Priory School, located in Edgbaston, where he developed some of his skills during football training.

Jude Bellingham joined Birmingham’s youth squad

Noticing their son’s love for football, his parents, especially his father, enrolled him in the Birmingham City under-8 team, a team that currently competes in the Premier League.

It is worth noting that before that, Bellingham had a brief spell at Stourbridge FC, a local team in England.

After joining Birmingham’s under-8s team, the midfielder’s natural talent earned him quick promotions through the club’s ranks as he grew. 

At the age of 14, Bellingham was already playing for Birmingham City’s under-18 team and, at 15, he was promoted to the youth under-23 team.

Natural talent and the award from FourFourTwo magazine

It was in October 2018 that Jude Bellingham debuted for Birmingham City’s under-23s in a game against Nottingham Forest under-23s.

Bellingham made an excellent first impression in his first game for the team and gave his team victory when he scored the only goal of the match in the 87th minute.

His positive performance at under-23 level earned him a place on FourFourTwo magazine’s “50 Most Exciting Teenagers in English Football” list.

It was after that that he began to appear on the radars of the main European clubs. 

However, what pleased him most was being allowed to train with the Birmingham City first team and travel with the team to games.

Jude Bellingham’s first professional contract (2019)

In July 2019, Jude Bellingham won the privilege of training with the main team in pre-season, in Portugal.

Bellingham demonstrated that he wasn’t just anyone by scoring in preseason games. With this, he received the number 22 shirt and was part of the squad for the 2019/20 season.

Bellingham’s first season was a success

Upon his debut, aged just 16 years and 38 days, the local newspaper, Birmingham Mail, named Bellingham man of the match. The match ended in a 3-0 victory in favor of Birmingham City.

19 days after his professional debut, Bellingham played his first League Cup game. However, the result was a 3-0 defeat.

Aged just 16 years and 63 days, Bellingham scored the first professional goal of his career thanks to a deflection in a 1-0 win over Stoke City.

Over the following months, Bellingham moved from the left wing to the central midfield position, taking on playmaking duties.

In November 2019, Jude Bellingham’s performance caught the attention of EFL officials, who named him EFL Young Player of the Month.

Interest from other clubs and negotiations with Manchester United

In January 2020, interest in the player from major English and European clubs skyrocketed, and the young star was linked to several teams.

On the final day of the January transfer window, it was revealed that Birmingham City had turned down a £20 million offer from Manchester United.

Bellingham continued to play for Birmingham City’s first team, making up to 32 league appearances by the time the Championship was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the league resumed, Bellingham continued to perform well for his team and be one of the highlights.

At the end of his debut season, Bellingham scored four goals in 44 games, and Birmingham City finished high enough to avoid relegation.

Thus, in his first season, Jude Bellingham was crowned as the best on the team and the main person responsible for Birmingham’s stay in the league.

He received the EFL Young Player of the Season and the English league’s best young player awards.

Jude Bellingham joins Borussia Dortmund

After his beautiful debut season, Jude Bellingham was one of the names that made the most waves in the transfer market.

Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund have been heavily linked to the player. However, the German club won the young man’s heart.

According to an interview given by Bellingham’s father, the choice was due to the fact that the club has a good reputation for giving opportunities to young people in its first team.

Bellingham soon flew to Germany for medical examinations, and his move to the Bundesliga club was announced.

According to Sky Sport, Jude Bellingham’s transfer fee to Borussia Dortmund had an initial fee of £25 million. This made the Englishman the most expensive 17-year-old player in football history.

Jude Bellingham arrived rocking in Germany

Bellingham was 17 years and 77 days old when he made his debut for Borussia in the match against third division side MSV Duisburg.

Bellingham scored the second goal and became the youngest Dortmund player to score in the DFB-Pokal, the German cup.

The goal also made him the club’s youngest player to score in any competitive match.

On his league debut, against Borussia Mönchengladbach, he provided an assist that earned him the honor of September’s Bundesliga Young Player of the Month.

In October 2022, Bellingham, aged 17 years and 113 days, set a new record as the youngest player to start a Champions League game.

Jude Bellingham arrives at Real Madrid

Jude Bellingham Biography

After a remarkable spell with the German team, the young Englishman was traded to the biggest champion of the Champions League: Real Madrid.

On 14 June 2023, Real Madrid announced the signing of Jude Bellingham on a six-year contract. The deal included a base transfer fee of €103 million, to be paid to Borussia Dortmund.

This fee could increase to approximately €133.9 million due to financial incentives, which could reach 30% of the fixed transfer value.

In his official presentation, Jude Bellingham received the number 5 shirt and thanked Jesús Vallejo, the then holder of the shirt, calling him “a brilliant, brilliant person”.

Bellingham admitted that he chose the number as a “tribute” to Zinedine Zidane and that it was an honor to wear such a club number.

Another overwhelming start and Bellingham establishes himself as a global star

Jude Bellingham made his pre-season debut for Real Madrid in a 3-2 win over AC Milan. On that occasion, the young man was praised for his performance, which drew applause from Madrid fans.

On June 26, in a friendly against Manchester United, Bellingham scored his first goal for Real Madrid, when his team defeated the English club 2-0.

On August 12, 2023, Bellingham made his official debut for the Spanish team and scored a goal in the victory against Athletic Bilbao, in La Liga.

In the second game, Jude scored two goals and provided an assist in the 3-1 victory against Almería.

With four goals and an assist in his first three games in Spain, Jude Bellingham was named La Liga Player of the Month, becoming the first Englishman to win the award.

Furthermore, the midfielder became the third player, after Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009-10 and Pepillo in 1959-60, to score in each of his first four appearances for the club.

Jude Bellingham in the Champions League and the first step towards the top of football

On 20 September, the Englishman scored another last-minute goal to secure a 1–0 victory over Union Berlin. In this case, the game was in the first round of the 2023-24 Champions League.

In doing so, Bellingham became only the fourth player to score on his La Liga and Champions League debuts for Real Madrid, after Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco and Marco Asensio.

Bellingham became only the second team player to score in his first two league games and two Champions League games, after Cristiano Ronaldo.

It was calculated that Jude scored 10 goals in his first 10 games for Madrid. This feat equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal tally after his first 10 games for the club in 2009.

Jude Bellingham’s career with the England national team

Jude Bellingham made his England debut at the age of 17 years and 136 days, the third youngest in the history of the England team. In this case, the midfielder played in the friendly against the Republic of Ireland.

He was called up to England’s squad for UEFA Euro 2020, which was held in June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bellingham came on as a substitute in England’s opening game against Croatia. He thus became the youngest England player to play in a major tournament and the youngest player of any nationality to play in a European Championship.

In the 2022 World Cup, even with the English team’s below-expected performance, Bellingham gained prominence.

The player became England’s second youngest goalscorer at 19 years and 145 days, behind England legend Michael Owen.

Titles won by Jude Bellingham

Check out the complete list of individual titles won by Jude Bellingham:

  • 1x German Cup Winner

Jude bellingham: appearances, goals and assists

Team Games Goals Assists
Birmingham City 44 4 two
Borussia Dortmund 132 24 25
Real Madrid 21 16 3
England 27 two 5
Total 186 40 35

Jude Bellingham individual honours

Award

Club/Country

Month/Year/Season

Young Player of the Year

Birmingham City

2019/20

EFL Young Player of the Season

Birmingham City

2019/20

Syrenka Cup Player of the Tournament

England Under-17s

2019

Championship Apprentice of the Year

Birmingham City

2019/20

Bundesliga Rookie of the Month

Borussia Dortmund

September 2020

Bundesliga Player of the Season

Borussia Dortmund

2022/23

Golden Boy

Borussia Dortmund/Real Madrid

2023

La Liga Player of the Month

Real Madrid

August 2023

La Liga Player of the Month

Real Madrid

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