Jude Bellingham may have taken over arguably the biggest fixture in football, but he’s convinced he can do better.
His first was something out of the ordinary despite 13 goals in 13 games, showing he’s even got long-range stunners in the bag.
But for Bellingham, he knew it was in as soon as he hit it.
He told the media post-match: “I had been saying for weeks that I should try from outside the box, start attempting it because the opponents don’t expect it.
“I have the technique, I know, and I had to try it. It went in off the crossbar. I’m very happy.”
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Despite his heroics, the former Borussia Dortmund and Birmingham star was as humble as ever, saying he could have played better.
“Today, I wasn’t at my best,” he said. “But sometimes it’s not about doing something special every time you get the ball, but combining well with your teammates.
“It [the win] was massive. Neither me or the team were at our best level, but we kept playing, pressing, showing faith and character… and another comeback. I love them.
“The heart suffers, but these are fun matches. We never give up, never.”
Asked what the experience was like playing in the legendary match, the 20-year-old said: “I just spoke with my family, but with all the noise, it was difficult to talk properly.
“I had watched many Clasicos at home from my couch, and said today it was my turn to experience it, to do something great. I’m delighted. I did it.”
Bellingham’s match began with Barca wonderkid Gavi marking him out of a dominant first-half for the home side.
That all changed when Luka Modric came on, and Gavi was left in tears at full-time.
The first hour of Barca supremacy started with an Ilkay Gundogan opener, one that was celebrated wildly by guests of honour, The Rolling Stones.
The British rock band had their logo on Barca’s shirts due to the club’s sponsorship deal with Spotify, and there was even a giant tifo of the tongue and lips design pre-match.
Real Madrid and Bellingham made sure to make fun of the link-up post match when Aurelien Tchouameni tweeted: “Like A Belling’ Stone.”
Reposting the message, Bellingham then used an album cover of the Stones’ famous rivals the Beatles.
An edited picture of the legendary Abbey Road shot saw Bellingham replacing Paul McCartney and Tchouameni John Lennon, while they were also joined by their other midfield maestros, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga.
Dortmund brilliantly announced their 2020 signing of Bellingham with their squad singing the famous Beatles hit ‘Hey Jude’, and it will likely be ringing in Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood’s ears after a torrid afternoon in Spain.
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