In the diverse world of sports, where athletes often draw inspiration from stars outside their discipline, Real Madrid's rising star, Jude Bellingham, recently expressed his admiration for NBA legend, LeBron James. When asked whom he'd choose to be for a day, without hesitation, Bellingham responded, "LeBron James. Someone who is the absolute best at something.”
LeBron James, 38, who currently shines on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers, is celebrated globally, often heralded as perhaps the greatest basketball talent ever. His impressive accolades include four NBA titles and a trove of both team and individual honors. Furthermore, he etched his name in golden letters in NBA's history by surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's once-unbeaten record with an astounding 38,387 points.
Bellingham's Meteoric Madrid Rise
But drawing the lens back to football, young Bellingham has been nothing short of phenomenal. Only 20, and with Real Madrid's iconic white jersey on, he's already showing signs of an elite athlete in the making. Since his significant move from Borussia Dortmund for a staggering €105 million, Bellingham has netted 10 goals and assisted thrice in merely 10 appearances across all competitions for Los Blancos.
Underlining their formidable form, Real Madrid proudly stands atop the La Liga leaderboard, a mere two points separating them from second-placed Girona. And central to this blazing start to the 2023-24 season is Bellingham, the summer sensation of Santiago Bernabeu.
His versatility on the field, ranging from attacking midfield roles to second striker and even false nine, has been lauded. Bellingham recently showcased his prowess, netting twice in the 4-0 decimation of Osasuna on October 7. Reflecting on Bellingham's unpredictability, Real Madrid's gaffer, Carlo Ancelotti, stated, "It's easier to study a player who remains fixed. Bellingham’s diverse positioning, combined with his speed and strength, makes it a formidable challenge to anticipate or control him."
The English maestro is set to represent his nation in an upcoming friendly against Australia on October 13, followed by a UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifier against Italy on October 17. However, for Los Blancos' aficionados, their next date with Bellingham's magic will be on October 21 against Sevilla.