Why Jude Bellingham feels like a ‘gladiator’ in Real Madrid ‘coliseum’ – with England star loving life at ‘biggest club in the world’

The 20-year-old midfielder knew what he was letting himself in for when agreeing a €103 million (£88m/$111m) transfer to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2023. He has become another ‘Galactico’ in the Spanish capital, with 18 goals recorded through 26 appearances.

Bellingham is not the kind of character to let pressure get to him, with the demands of performing in front of an expectant fan base being embraced each and every time that he takes to the field. The Three Lions ace has told Real Madrid TV: “You know that it’s the biggest club in the world, but when you experience it up close it’s spectacular. It is as if you were playing in a coliseum. You feel like a gladiator. It is very special. You can never imagine how big this club is. It is impossible to go out there and not be recognised. The club is a level above.”


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