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Carlos: ‘Bellingham reminds me of Zidane, Raul, and Redondo’

by Gabriele Marcotti
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According to former football star Roberto Carlos, Jude Bellingham shares many similarities with three other Real Madrid legends.

“At certain moments, Bellingham reminds me of Zizou,” Carlos told JohnnyBet on November 9. “Later on, he plays more like Raul. He also possesses Redondo’s intelligence.”

Carlos also believes that Bellingham has his playing style. However, having many “excellent” qualities of former legends suggests that the English midfielder can be helpful in various situations.

Bellingham (left) celebrates a goal in the match where Real beat Barcelona 2-1 in the 11th round of La Liga on October 28, at Montjuic.

During the summer, Bellingham joined Real for $110 million. Right from the start, the 20-year-old midfielder exploded in goal-scoring abilities. While scoring only 24 goals in 132 matches for his former club, Borussia Dortmund, he scored 13 in 14 matches for his new club. Bellingham’s performance has surpassed the highest goal tally in a season achieved by Zinedine Zidane at Real, with 12 goals in the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons.

Bellingham also knows how to shine in big matches. On October 28, in the El Clasico against Barcelona, the English midfielder scored both goals, securing a comeback 2-1 victory. Bellingham also found the back of the net when facing Union Berlin, Napoli, and Braga in the Champions League.

Zidane was one of the stars of Real during the early years of the club’s “Galacticos” era. From 2001 to 2006, the former French midfielder helped Real win a Champions League, a La Liga title, two Spanish Super Cups, a UEFA Super Cup, and an Intercontinental Cup. Raul Gonzalez played alongside Zidane. The former Spanish forward holds the record for the most appearances for Real, with 741 matches, and ranks third in the club’s all-time top scorers list with 323 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo leads with 450 goals, while Karim Benzema is second with 354 goals.

Fernando Redondo was an Argentine defensive midfielder who played for Real from 1994 to 2000. He contributed to Real winning two Champions League titles, two La Liga titles, a Spanish Super Cup, and an Intercontinental Cup. In the 1999-2000 season, Redondo gained acclaim for his dribbling assist that set up Raul’s goal against Manchester United. He won the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award in the same season.

Carlos played alongside Zidane, Raul, and Redondo. The former Brazilian left-back won three Champions League titles, four La Liga titles, three Spanish Super Cups, a UEFA Super Cup, two Intercontinental Cups with Real, and two Copa America and one World Cup with the national team.

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