Jude Bellingham, one of the most promising young talents in international football, has been signed by Real Madrid, the renowned Spanish club, in a deal worth 103 million euros ($110 million). This makes Bellingham one of the most expensive players in history, and the transfer fee could potentially increase by an additional 30 percent.
Bellingham rose to prominence during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where he played a key role in England’s journey to the quarter-finals, narrowly losing to the eventual runners-up, France. Despite being only 19 years old at the time, Bellingham displayed remarkable composure and skill on the field, contributing with his tireless energy and versatility in both attack and defense.
His exceptional performances caught the attention of Dortmund, his former club, where he became their youngest captain in October of the same year. Bellingham’s maturity and consistent level of play astounded Dortmund coach Edin Terzic, who referred to him as “the oldest 19-year-old in the world.”
During the 2022-2023 season, Bellingham scored eight goals in 31 appearances for Dortmund in the Bundesliga. In recognition of his outstanding performances, he was named the league’s player of the season in May. However, despite his individual success, Bellingham was unable to help Dortmund secure the league title in the final game of the season, leaving him and the team with a sense of frustration.
Bellingham began his professional career at Birmingham City, where he made his debut at the age of 16 years and 38 days, becoming the youngest player in the club’s history. His impressive performances at Birmingham caught the attention of Dortmund, who signed him for 25 million euros ($27 million) when he was just 17 years old.
Upon Bellingham’s departure, Birmingham City made the symbolic decision to retire his shirt number, 22, as a tribute to his accomplishments and as an inspiration to future players.