Usain Bolt Performs Jude Bellingham Celebration as Real Madrid Star Wins Prestigious Laureus Award

Usain Bolt Performs Jude Bellingham Celebration as Real Madrid Star Wins Prestigious Laureus Award

Isaac Darko
updated at April 23, 2024 at 8:41 AM
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  • Usain Bolt copied Jude Bellingham’s open arms celebration at the Laureus Awards
  • The Real Madrid star was crowned the Breakthrough Athlete of the Year at the event
  • Bellingham was on the scoresheet as Los Blancos triumphed in El Clasico days earlier

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Legendary Jamaican athlete, Usain Bolt, linked up with Jude Bellingham in a remarkable moment during the 2024 Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday, April 22.

The ex-sprinter crossed paths with the Real Madrid star on the red carpet prior to the ceremony, during which the Englishman secured the Breakthrough of the Year accolade.

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Usain Bolt and Jude Bellingham pose on the red carpet before the Laureus World Sports Awards in Madrid on April 22, 2024. Photo by Manu Fernandez.
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In a video posted on social media, the duo recreated Bellingham's iconic open-arms goal celebration, reminiscent of his dramatic stoppage-time El Clasico winner against Barcelona just the day before.

It was the English superstar's 21st strike during an exceptional debut season with Real Madrid, raising hopes of a potential La Liga and UEFA Champions League double for the 20-year-old.

Less than a year after joining the Spanish giants, Bellingham has clinched the Golden Boy Award, the Kopa Trophy, and the Laureus Revelation Award.

Bolt praises Bellingham

Bolt expressed admiration for Bellingham, commending the Englishman for his remarkable performances since joining the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium outfit from Borussia Dortmund last summer.

"I think he’s impressed a lot of people, not just me," said Bolt via The Independent. "Coming into Real Madrid, we expected great things from him, but he’s stepped up to a level that we didn’t expect him to be this great.

The Jamaican sprint legend also believes that even early on, Bellingham has proven he will be among the top footballers of his generation.

"It’s a pleasure to meet him and just have a conversation with him. The young generation is really stepping up, so big up to the Jude."

Meanwhile, per Laureus Sport, Bolt has secured the prestigious Laureus Sportsman of the Year title four times, triumphing in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2017.

The 25th edition of the Laureus World Sports Awards occurred on Monday, April 22, in Madrid, honouring top athletes worldwide.

2024 Laureus Sports Awards Winners

According to Sportskeeda, Novak Djokovic clinched his fifth Laureus Sportsman of the Year title, while Spain and Barcelona midfielder, Aitana Bonmati, secured the equivalent honour in the women's category.

The Spanish women’s football team triumphed as Team of the Year, with American gymnast, Simone Biles, earning the Comeback of the Year recognition.

Diede de Groot was announced the Sportsperson of the Year with a disability, and Arisa Trew was honoured as the Action Sportsperson of the Year. Fundacion Rafa Nadal was presented with the Sport for Good award.

Bellingham, Vazquez treat fans to lively dance

Sports Brief also reported that Bellingham and Lucas Vasquez entertained fans at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after his winning goal in Real Madrid's 3-2 triumph over Barcelona.

After the English star's winner, he and his teammates locked arms and twirled in circles near the corner flag as Los Blancos claimed El Clasico bragging rights over their fiercest rivals.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)