Barcelona, Spain – On October 28, Jude Bellingham of Real Madrid showcased his skills during the LaLiga EA Sports match against FC Barcelona at the Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium. The 20-year-old midfielder has been making waves since his €103 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, impressing fans and pundits alike.
With an impressive record of 13 goals in his first 13 games for the club, Bellingham’s rise to stardom has caught the attention of former Real Madrid player, Steve McManaman. McManaman, who enjoyed success during his time at the Bernabeu, believes that Bellingham has the potential to become one of the all-time greats at the club.
Speaking to TNT Sports, McManaman expressed his optimism about Bellingham’s future, stating, “When you play for Real Madrid, you have to be successful. That comes with the glamour of playing for Real Madrid. They are the most successful football club in European history, so he will have to carry on winning trophies and add to the history of Real Madrid to become one of the greats.”
McManaman also highlighted the importance of the club’s history and the players who have come before Bellingham, saying, “There are many things to help him carry on improving, because all he has to do is look at the walls of the Bernabeu and see the legends like Di Stefano, Puskas, Raul, Zidane, Ronaldo, Modric, and Kroos, who have all won five Champions Leagues. These people around you will drive you forward and hopefully make him a better player.”
While acknowledging Bellingham’s impressive start at Real Madrid, McManaman also cautioned against putting too much pressure on young players. He cited examples of Theo Walcott, Wayne Rooney, and Michael Owen, who faced intense scrutiny early in their careers. McManaman emphasized the importance of allowing young players to develop and mature at their own pace.
Looking ahead, McManaman expressed his hope that Bellingham would leave a lasting legacy in the world of football. He said, “I hope in 18 years if Bellingham retires as a 38-year-old, that I’ll be saying he’s one of the greatest we’ve seen because he’s done something really special. At this moment, there is no pressure on him. Let’s hope he develops as a player in a Real Madrid and England shirt and becomes a very successful young man.”
As Bellingham continues to make his mark at Real Madrid, fans and pundits eagerly await his future achievements, hoping that he can fulfill his potential and become one of the greats in the history of the club.