Jude Victor William Bellingham, born on June 29, 2003, is a proficient English footballer renowned for his midfield role in La Liga team Real Madrid and the England national team. Regarded as one of the top talents globally, he is celebrated for his remarkable mastery of the ball, robust playing style, skillful technique, and adaptability on the field.

    Bellingham began his journey with Birmingham City at the age of eight and quickly rose through the ranks, debuting for the senior team at a remarkable 16 years and 38 days old in August 2019. Throughout the 2019–20 season, he played regularly for the club.

    He later joined Borussia Dortmund in July 2020, making an impressive mark by becoming their youngest goalscorer in his first appearance. His three-season stint at the club, spanning 132 appearances, included a victory in the 2020–21 DFB-Pokal.

    Notably, his exceptional performances in the 2022–23 season led to Dortmund securing the runner-up position, while he was honored with the Bundesliga Player of the Season award. In 2023, Bellingham made a significant move to Real Madrid, commanding a substantial fee of €103 million.

    On the international stage, he represented England across various youth levels, from under-15 to under-21. He made his debut for the senior team in November 2020, going on to represent his country at both the UEFA Euro 2020 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    Childhood Background

    Jude Victor William Bellingham, born on June 29, 2003, hails from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, part of the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley. He is the eldest child of Denise and Mark Bellingham. Mark, who was an accomplished scorer in non-League football, served as a sergeant in the West Midlands Police until 2022. Bellingham’s younger sibling, Jobe, is also actively involved in the world of football. During his formative years, Bellingham attended Priory School situated in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

    Professional Career

    1: Birmingham City


    Bellingham’s journey commenced at Birmingham City, where he joined the club’s youth setup at the tender age of eight, following his time with Stourbridge. At 14, he began playing for the under-18 team, and at 15, he made his debut for the under-23 team, scoring a crucial goal in his first appearance. By March 2019, his talent had already garnered attention, earning him a place in FourFourTwo’s list of the “50 most exciting teenagers in English football,” with major European clubs expressing interest.

    While still attending school, Bellingham gradually transitioned into the first-team environment, training alongside senior players and gaining invaluable experience by accompanying them on matchdays. He was even included as the “19th man” for a championship match in March. Opting for a two-year scholarship with Birmingham City in July 2019, Bellingham made significant strides, participating in the first-team training camp in Portugal, showcasing his skills in pre-season friendlies, and ultimately earning squad number 22 for the 2019-20 season.

    His professional debut for Birmingham City occurred on August 6, 2019, during the EFL Cup first-round match against Portsmouth, making him the youngest player to represent Birmingham City at the age of 16 years and 38 days.

    Bellingham broke Trevor Francis’s 1970 record by 101 days. Despite a 3-0 loss in his debut match, he played for 80 minutes and was acknowledged as the Birmingham Mail’s standout performer. Shortly thereafter, he made his inaugural appearance in the Football League, stepping in as a second-half substitute during a 3-0 defeat against Swansea City.

    His first home debut occurred on August 31 against Stoke City, where, after entering the game in place of the injured Jefferson Montero, he scored the winning goal, albeit with the assistance of a fortunate deflection. This achievement solidified his status as Birmingham’s youngest goalscorer, achieved at the age of 16 years and 63 days. In the subsequent match against Charlton Athletic two weeks later, he not only started the game but also scored the solitary goal, capitalizing on Kerim Mrabti’s well-placed pass.

    Bellingham maintained a consistent presence in Birmingham City’s matchday squad, primarily as a starter and occasionally as a substitute. Initially introduced on the left wing, he was gradually shifted into central midfield to foster confidence, eventually taking on a more advanced role once the coaching staff was assured of his ability to handle the added responsibilities. His exceptional performance earned him the distinction of being named the EFL Young Player of the Month for November 2019. According to Pep Clotet, the head coach at the time, Bellingham himself expressed a preference for the midfield, particularly when given the opportunity to advance closer to the opposition’s box.

    During the January 2020 transfer window, Bellingham was linked with several major clubs, with reports suggesting that Birmingham City rejected a £20 million bid from Manchester United on the deadline day. Undeterred, Bellingham continued to feature prominently in the first team, accumulating 32 league appearances before the season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, he remained an indispensable part of the team, contributing significantly to crucial goals, including setting up a late equalizer for Lukas Jutkiewicz against Charlton Athletic, which bolstered Birmingham’s league position with two matches left to play. Concluding the season with four goals from 44 appearances in all competitions, 41 of which were in the league, Bellingham played a pivotal role in helping Birmingham avoid relegation, despite the disappointment of losing the last match of the season.

    In recognition of his remarkable contributions during his brief tenure with the first team, the club made the decision to retire his number 22 shirt, intending to commemorate his legacy and inspire future players. Bellingham’s outstanding performance was further acknowledged at the EFL Awards, where he was honored as both the Championship Apprentice of the Year and the EFL Young Player of the Season.

    2- Borussia Dortmund

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    During the 2020-2021 season, Bellingham’s potential transfer from Birmingham City was widely speculated, with reports suggesting visits to several prominent clubs, including Manchester United and Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund, which emerged as the favored destination. Dortmund’s history of nurturing young talent, exemplified by players like Jadon Sancho, played a significant role in Bellingham’s decision. Following a visit to Germany for a medical examination, his transfer to Dortmund was officially confirmed on July 20, 2020, to take effect after Birmingham’s final match of the season. The transfer was reported to be an initial £25 million, with additional performance-based bonuses.

    Bellingham’s debut for Dortmund took place on September 14, 2020, during the opening match of the 2020-21 season against MSV Duisburg in the DFB-Pokal. Aged 17 years and 77 days, he scored the second goal in a 5-0 victory, becoming the youngest scorer in the DFB-Pokal and breaking the records previously held by Giovanni Reyna and Nuri Şahin.

    Shortly thereafter, in his Bundesliga debut against Borussia Mönchengladbach, he provided the assist for Reyna’s opening goal in a 3-0 win, leading to his recognition as the Bundesliga Rookie of the Month for September. On October 20, 2020, during the Champions League group stage match against Lazio, aged 17 years and 113 days, he further solidified his record-breaking status by becoming the youngest Englishman to start a Champions League match, surpassing Phil Foden’s previous record.

    Between 2021 and 2023, Bellingham played a crucial role in Borussia Dortmund’s performances, with notable contributions in various key matches. Notably, in the highly anticipated Der Klassiker against Bayern Munich on December 4, 2021, he provided the assists for both of Dortmund’s goals, despite the team ultimately succumbing to a 3-2 defeat, marked by a controversial penalty decision involving VAR.

    In an emotional post-match interview with Viaplay, Bellingham criticized referee Felix Zwayer’s decisions, referencing Zwayer’s involvement in the 2005 German football match-fixing scandal. This led to the German Football Association (DFB) swiftly requesting clarification from Bellingham, who was subsequently fined €40,000 for his comments.

    In a match against Stuttgart on October 22, 2022, Bellingham’s standout performance, including two impressive goals, played a significant role in securing Borussia Dortmund’s position among the top teams in the league.

    However, despite their commendable efforts, Dortmund conceded the Bundesliga title to Bayern Munich on May 28, 2023, following a 2-2 draw against Mainz 05 on the final day of the league. During this crucial match, Bellingham, unfortunately, remained an unused substitute due to a knee injury, visibly displaying his emotional distress as he left the field in tears, captured on camera.

    Despite the disappointment, Bellingham’s exceptional contributions throughout the season were recognized as he was awarded the prestigious Bundesliga Player of the Season accolade. Shortly after, on June 7, 2023, Borussia Dortmund officially announced Bellingham’s upcoming transfer to La Liga club Real Madrid following the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.

    3- Real Madrid

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    Real Madrid officially confirmed the acquisition of Bellingham on a six-year contract on June 14, 2023, marking his entry as the sixth English player to join the prestigious club, following the footsteps of Laurie Cunningham, Steve McManaman, David Beckham, Michael Owen, and Jonathan Woodgate. The transfer agreement involved a base fee of €103 million paid to Borussia Dortmund, with potential additional payments of about €30.9 million, contingent upon specified performance-based conditions.

    During his unveiling, Bellingham expressed his gratitude to Jesús Vallejo, the previous wearer of the number 5 jersey, for his role in passing on the number. He paid homage to the iconic Zinedine Zidane, citing the honor he felt in being awarded the number, and underscored the significance of the number to him personally. Bellingham’s decision to join Real Madrid was influenced by the club’s esteemed reputation, emphasizing the high regard that England holds for the club and expressing his desire to contribute to its illustrious history. Reflecting on the moment he was approached by the Spanish club, he candidly admitted to feeling overwhelmed, describing how his “heart was close to stopping” upon receiving the news.

    The transfer received widespread praise from various quarters, with BBC Sport describing it as a move that made “perfect sense.” Former Real Madrid player Steve McManaman also commended the transfer, labeling it as “another really good signing” for the club. Notably, Birmingham City also benefitted from the transfer, receiving approximately £6 million as a result of their sell-on clause.

    During the 2023-24 season, Bellingham swiftly adapted to life at Real Madrid, making a significant impact from the start. His pre-season debut for the club against AC Milan in Los Angeles drew praise for his impressive performance, earning cheers from the fans. Subsequently, in a friendly match against Manchester United on June 26, Bellingham secured his first goal for Real Madrid, contributing to a 2-0 victory.

    On August 12, 2023, Bellingham made his competitive debut in La Liga and made an immediate impact by scoring with a close-range half volley from a corner kick in a 2-0 away win over Athletic Bilbao. His second game saw him score a brace and provide an assist for Vinícius Júnior in a 3-1 away triumph against Almería, solidifying his position as the league’s top scorer.

    He continued his goal-scoring streak in the third game, heading in a late winner against Celta Vigo, helping Real Madrid maintain a perfect league start with a 1-0 away victory. His remarkable performance in the initial three league matches, consisting of four goals and one assist, earned him the prestigious title of La Liga’s Player of the Month for August, making him the first Englishman to achieve this honor.

    On September 2, 2023, Bellingham continued to make history by scoring in the 95th minute against Getafe, securing a 2-1 victory for Real Madrid and becoming only the third player, following Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepillo, to score in each of his first four competitive appearances for the club. He also equaled the record for the most goals scored by a Real Madrid player in their opening matches. His incredible performances not only caught the attention of fans but also earned him accolades from critics and pundits.

    On October 7, Bellingham delivered a remarkable performance, scoring two goals in a 4-0 victory against Osasuna, which prompted a standing ovation from the Bernabéu crowd as he was substituted in the 72nd minute. This achievement highlighted that Bellingham had reached an impressive milestone, equalling Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal tally of 10 goals in his first 10 matches for Real Madrid, an accomplishment reminiscent of Ronaldo’s exceptional start in 2009. Moreover, his goal-scoring streak in the season brought him level with the highest number of goals scored by Zinedine Zidane in a single season throughout his 18-year career.

    On October 24, Bellingham continued to make history, becoming the first Real Madrid player in the 21st century to score in each of his first three Champions League matches, sealing a 2-1 away victory against Braga. Subsequently, on October 28, he secured another significant win for Real Madrid, scoring a brace, including the injury-time winner, in a 2-1 away triumph over their rivals Barcelona.

    Notably, his first goal, a striking 25-meter strike, marked Real Madrid’s 300th goal in El Clásico and made him the first Englishman to score in the fixture since Michael Owen in 2005. His impressive performance also made him the first player to score a brace in his first El Clásico since Pedro Arsuaga in 1947 and the fourth player under the age of 21 to score multiple goals in that encounter in La Liga, following in the footsteps of Jaime Lazcano in 1930, Arsuaga in 1947, and Lionel Messi in 2007.

    Carlo Ancelotti, Bellingham’s coach, praised his remarkable contributions, emphasizing that he appeared seasoned beyond his years and highlighting the pivotal impact of his outstanding goal in changing the game’s dynamics. Bellingham’s exceptional performances garnered widespread acclaim and reinforced his growing reputation as a formidable talent in the world of football.

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