Jude Bellingham will put on the quantity 5 jersey, beforehand worn by membership legend Zinedine Zidane, at Actual Madrid.
The England midfielder accomplished his transfer to Los Blancos from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, signing a six-year deal on the Santiago Bernabeu. The Spanish giants are believed to have forked out €103m plus add-ons for Bellingham’s companies after a formidable three-year spell at BVB.
Bellingham accomplished his medical at Actual Madrid on Wednesday morning earlier than being unveiled to the press at noon, with the participant holding up his new quantity 5 jersey on the membership alongside president Florentino Perez.
The quantity 5 jersey was famously worn by legendary midfielder Zidane throughout his time on the Santiago Bernabeu between 2001 and 2006.
Zidane is a participant Bellingham notably grew up idolising, and talking about who evokes him probably the most as a soccer, the England star beforehand stated: “Simple, man. Zidane first. simply the good man ever. Yeah, I would most likely say Zidane. It was the primary time I felt being in awe of somebody.”
Talking about Zidane and his iconic quantity at his unveiling press convention, Bellingham stated: “I’ve stated how a lot I love Zinedine Zidane, the legacy he has with the membership. With this quantity, I am not making an attempt to be the identical as him, I am simply making an attempt to be Jude, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly a little bit of homage to how nice he was.”
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Bellingham joins a crew full of recent midfield greats, with legendary duo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos nonetheless going robust for Los Blancos. The pair have received a 5 UEFA Champions Leagues collectively on the membership, and have performed a mixed 905 video games for the membership.
There’s loads of younger midfield expertise on the books too, as Bellingham is about to hitch Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde as the following technology of midfield stars on the Santiago Bernabeu.
The quantity 5 was most not too long ago worn at Actual Madrid by Jesus Vallejo, however he has vacated it to take the quantity 24.
“I would prefer to thank Jesus Vallejo for letting me put on the quantity 5. I had some contact with him simply to see if it was okay with him, and he was a superb, sensible man letting me put on it and simply being so good about it. I am very grateful to him,” Bellingham stated on Wednesday.
Previous to Vallejo, Raphael Varane wore it for 5 seasons earlier than heading to Manchester United. Fabio Coentrao, Nuri Sahin, Fernando Gago and Fabio Cannavaro are the opposite gamers to have donned the quantity within the post-Zidane enjoying period.
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