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I won the Champions League with Zinedine Zidane – Jude Bellingham is a modern day replica

When Jude Bellingham was handed Zinedine Zidane’s No.5 shirt at Real Madrid, no one thought he would live up to expectations so quickly.

But with 23 goals and 12 assists in all competitions and a La Liga title already under his belt in his first year, it’s fair to say that Bellingham is everything Real Madrid fans could have dreamed of and more.

Bellingham has already won silverware with Real Madrid in his first season

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Bellingham has already won silverware with Real Madrid in his first seasonCredit: Getty

With the Champions League trophy in the 20-year-old’s sights on Saturday at Wembley, words fail to describe the England international’s impact at the Bernabeu.

But when Real Madrid legend and all-time icon Roberto Carlos compares you to his Galactico teammate Zidane, you listen.

Speaking to talkSPORT at Ballerz, a new state-of-the-art football center in Bluewater, the former Brazil international said: “He plays like Zidane.

“For this type of player, there is no ceiling. He is one of the best players.”

Carlos knows a thing or two about Real Madrid, having played there for 11 years, winning four league titles, three Champions League trophies and finishing runner-up for the Ballon d’Or in 2002 – the same year he won the World Cup with Brazil. .

During his time at the Bernabeu, he joined a team known collectively as ‘Galacticos’, a project set up by Real president Florentino Perez to attract the biggest and best names in football to Madrid.

After Zidane, David Beckham, Luis Figo and Ronaldo were signed under his tenure, along with Robinho and Sergio Ramos, they were among the biggest superstars in the world.

In particular, Zidane truly propelled Real Madrid into the stratosphere when he joined in 2001 at the top of his game, being in the conversation for being the best player of all time after leading France to glory at the World Cup in 1998 and won the Ball. Gold that year.

Real Madrid's Galacticos era had some of the greatest players of all time on their team.

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Real Madrid’s Galacticos era had some of the greatest players of all time on their team.Credit: Getty
Zidane is considered one of the greatest midfielders of all time, Bellingham is now following in his footsteps

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Zidane is considered one of the greatest midfielders of all time, Bellingham is now following in his footsteps

He has generally played the role of a playmaker with remarkable vision and passing ability, as well as silky dribbling skills and a penchant for stunning goals – including his legendary volley against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 Champions League final to win the trophy, assisted by Carlos.

But, according to Carlos, the current Real Madrid team could rival Bellingham for stardust.

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“This Real Madrid team is better than the one I played in, but this period was the best of my life,” said the great Brazilian.

“Luis Figo was always No. 1, he could play in all positions, and David Beckham, we spoke in English on free kicks. We had so much fun, we were very good friends.

“But my best friend remains Ronaldo. For me, the best player (of all time). We were the best friends in the world.”

Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Eduardo Camavinga also help form a young Real Madrid team that already boasts big names known around the world.

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The imminent arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only further highlight Real Madrid as, once again, the home of the Galacticos.

Now they just need the trophies to back it up, with a league title already in Bellingham’s trophy cabinet – and the Champions League up for grabs.

Tune in to talkSPORT for live commentary of the Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid – Saturday June 1, kick-off: 8 p.m.

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