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Lionel Messi is likely to win his eighth Ballon d’Or on October 30. The Argentine had an unbelievable year, winning the World Cup while being the best player in the tournament. He also played a key part in his side’s league success last season. The only other candidate to rival Messi for the Ballon d’Or has to be Manchester City’s Erling Haaland. He won the treble last season and made over 60 goal contributions for the Sky Blues in all competitions. Despite the dominance of the two superstars, an ex-Real Madrid icon believes that neither of the two stars is the best in the world. Interestingly, he has picked a current Galactico as the ‘best player’ crown.

The Real Madrid legend has caught the media’s attention after his statement. He believes that the Los Blancos star is ahead of the two top Ballon d’Or candidates. Let’s take a closer look at this matter.

Real Madrid legend pushes his former club’s star ahead of Lionel Messi

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Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti has picked Jude Bellingham as the best player in the world. The  46-year-old believes, “It is not that Bellingham is the leader of Real Madrid. He is the best player in the world. “The Spanish icon featured in over 500 games for the La Liga giants. He won the Champions League thrice with the Los Blancos. Guti, who himself was an unbelievable midfielder, is a huge fan of the young England international.

Jude Bellingham has been in impeccable form this season. He has been one of the best players, not only in Spain but in Europe. Despite being a midfielder, he has been scoring goals for fun. The young superstar was in the spotlight recently after he matched a record of the Real Madrid legend, Cristiano Ronaldo. What was that all about?

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Jude Bellingham matches Cristiano Ronaldo in his first ten games!

Jude Bellingham recently broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s fantastic record. The Portuguese international was involved in eleven goals in his first ten appearances. No one had been able to touch his record until Bellingham arrived. Not only he has matched Ronaldo’s ten goals in ten games feat, but he has also provided three assists. What’s even more shocking is that Bellingham is not even a striker! The youngster is the top scorer of La Liga despite being a midfielder.

MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 15: Jude Bellingham, new Real Madrid player, is unveiled at Valdebebas training ground on June 15, 2023 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Castillo/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

With Bellingham in red-hot form this season, Real Madrid will surely be looking to win the league and Champions League this season. But if their magical talisman picks up an injury, how will the Los Blancos replace him?

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Rumman is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. His deep-rooted passion for the beautiful game has been cultivated over 13 years of avidly following and playing soccer at the National level, not once, but twice. Engaging in sports debates and quizzes since his school days enriched his knowledge of the sport, and the virtual realm of FIFA video games helped him to develop valuable insights into the dynamics of soccer, all of which now lay a solid foundation for his role as a contemporary soccer writer.
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