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Jude Bellingham Matches Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League Record With Goal Against Napoli

Jude Bellingham Matches Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League Record With Goal Against Napoli

Ero Samson
October 4, 2023 at 9:32 AM
  • Jude Bellingham continues to impress since completing his transfer to Real Madrid
  • The former Borussia Dortmund man was pivotal in Los Blancos' win against Napoli
  • Bellingham has now equalled a record set by Cristiano Ronaldo with his UCL strike

Jude Bellingham has settled into the fold at Real Madrid like a duck taking to the water.

The former Borussia Dortmund star has found the back of the net eight times since completing his record €103 million switch from the Bundesliga club.

Bellingham, who was pivotal again as Carlo Ancelotti's side claimed a Champions League victory away at Napoli, equalled the record of a club legend with his goal in the first half of the game.

Real Madrid, Jude Bellingham, Cristiano Ronaldo, UEFA Champions League
Jude Bellingham's goal against Napoli saw him match a record held by Cristiano Ronaldo. Image: Helios de la Rubia.
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As reported by Goal, the midfielder lit up the scenes after intercepting a defensive pass before setting up Vinicius Jr. for his first Champions League goal of the season.

The young midfielder would go on to secure a goal for himself in the 34th minute with a solo run before eventually slotting a finish past goalkeeper, Alex Meret.

The finish ensured Bellingham joined Cristiano Ronaldo on an elite list for the Spanish giants.

Bellingham equals Ronaldo's record

As reported by Caught Offside, Bellingham equalled Ronaldo's tally for most consecutive matches scored in their first Real Madrid UCL games - two.

However, the midfielder will need a goal in the game at Braga to equal the feat set by French midfielder, Christian Karembeu, who scored in his first three UCL appearances for Los Blancos.

To top off the night, Bellingham was awarded the MOTM award, making it six in his last nine games.

Carlo Ancelotti will hope the young Englishman would carry on his form into Sunday's crucial La Liga fixture against Osasuna.

Carlo Ancelotti defends Kepa

Sports Brief also reported on Real Madrid coach, Ancelotti defending goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga with a playful remark.

The Chelsea loanee was largely at fault for the first goal conceded by Los Blancos in their 3-2 away win versus Napoli.

Ancelotti's comments about Kepa have helped calm rising speculation about the goalkeeper's position being in danger.

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Ero Samson
Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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