‘Why not?’ – Wayne Rooney tips Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham to take over from Lionel Messi and win Ballon d’Or

Bellingham has had a scintillating start to his career at Real Madrid with the midfielder topping the scoring charts in La Liga. The Englishman has touted the former Manchester United man as the biggest influence on his career, and Rooney was quick to return the compliment by tipping the 20-year-old as one of favourites for the next Ballon d'Or.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Rooney said: "If he keeps doing what he’s doing then why not? Again we've gone through that cycle of Messi and Ronaldo where they’ve dominated that. I'm sure there will be five or six players fighting to try and win the next one. I'm sure if he keeps doing what he's doing he'll be right up there.

"It's great to see a young English lad take the opportunity to go and play abroad, be brave, he did really well in Germany and is now at one of the biggest club in the world and really shining. I'm really pleased for him and hopefully he can take that into the Euros and help us be successful."


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