UCL: Jude Bellingham outshines Ronaldo, Messi with remarkable achievement

UCL: Jude Bellingham outshines Ronaldo, Messi with remarkable achievement

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 09:57 - 09.05.2024

Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich to advance to the Champions League final and Jude Bellingham's European story continues.

Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham continues to write his amazing chapter in his first season at Real Madrid.

The Los Blancos midfielder may have been subdued over both legs of this semifinal, but he was integral in the first half of the season, and in the group stages, scoring 4 goals in 6 games.

Bellingham outshines Messi, Ronaldo

At just 20, Bellingham's UCL run is better than Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age.

Real Madrid stars Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz | Imago

When Ronaldo was 20, Manchester United had just been kicked out of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, and his first semi-final appearance came in 2007, before consecutive final appearances and a first triumph in 2008.

As for Lionel Messi, the legendary Argentine was injured in 2006 when Barcelona won the competition, missing out on the quarter-final, semis, and eventual final against Arsenal.

Messi's first taste of the semi-finals came in 2008, at 21, and he played in a Champions League final one year later.

Jude Bellingham leading Real Madrid to a Champions League final at 20 years old is a remarkable achievement that must be applauded.

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