Jude Bellingham won the Golden Boy award for the best Under-21 player in Europe this year. His performances in Real Madrid impress many. Although he is only 20 years old, Bellingham is currently one of the best players of the Royal Club.
While accepting the award, Bellingham admitted that Wayne Rooney was his idol growing up. “It’s about trying to make my team and my country the best teams in the world,” Bellingham said, as quoted by eurosport.com!
“I think to be the best player in the world, that’s what you have to do, to help your teams win. To join that list is such a big honour.
For me I would probably say that Rooney was my biggest influence growing up.
Being from England, the way he played, the way he fought.
But there are so many other players I’ve taken bits from”.
Jude Bellingham: I’m just very lucky
Bellingham is happy to have had the opportunity to play with the big names of the football scene. He learned a lot from individuals and became the player he is today.
“I’m just very lucky. I’ve played with some amazing players since I started playing football and I just stole loads of little techniques off them,” Bellingham continued
“I can’t be more grateful to all the people that I’ve met along the way, who have helped get me to the point where I am now." Jude is happy that he has become a football player.
At the moment, he does not see himself in any other role. Bellingham is an example that talent, together with effort and work pays off. “I’m very lucky to be playing football because I don’t have a clue what I’d be doing if I wasn’t.
I would probably be at university messing around, something like that.
Football has given me everything I’ve had in my life so far and the support from my family to keep playing and keep enjoying it has been huge. Without football I wouldn’t be as happy as I am today”.