It might be way too early to make a judgement on Jude Bellingham but the Real Madrid summer signing is certainly looking like the part. He had impressed in pre-season and has now started the campaign in tremendous fashion. He scored in the season-opener against Athletic Bilbao and went one better in the second game, scoring twice and assisting once in their 3-1 away win over Almeria.
That means he has scored three goals and provided an assist in his first two La Liga games. That is a remarkable start for the Englishman.
If he continues performing like this, that blockbuster transfer fee will start looking like a bargain soon. And Bellingham has already done something that Cristiano Ronaldo was the last one to achieve.
As reported by BBC, Bellingham has become the first player to score in each of his first two La Liga appearances for Real Madrid since Ronaldo in 2009. The Portuguese icon had scored in each of his first four.
Bellingham matches Real Madrid icon Ronaldo
Ronaldo joined the club back in 2009 from Manchester United for a then-world-record transfer fee. His debut was against Deportivo La Coruna. He scored in that game and then followed it up with a goal against Espanyol, a brace against Xerez and another strike against Villarreal.
Let’s see if Bellingham can score in his next two games and equal Ronaldo’s feat. It is safe to say that he is already in good company.
It is not just the goals either. Bellingham’s overall play has been brilliant as well and it looks like Real Madrid have found their next superstar.
Carlo Ancelotti deserves credit as well. While his decision to change formations and go to a 4-4-2 has drawn some criticism, it certainly seems to be getting the best out of Bellingham, who is the most advanced of the four midfielders.