Jude Bellingham wears the historic Real Madrid shirt number as he arrived at the Bernabeu.
The 19-year-old England international has signed a six-year contract with the Spanish giants following three years with Borussia Dortmund, where he appeared 132 times.
When Jude Bellingham was announced as Real Madrid’s next superstar, he donned Zinedine Zidane’s renowned former shirt number.
England international Bellingham, 19, has signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid following three seasons at Borussia Dortmund in Germany.
Several Premier League teams were interested in signing the teenager, but he elected to transfer to Spain after placing second in the Bundesliga in his final season in Germany.
Bellingham picked the No.5 shirt originally worn by French superstar Zinedine Zidane. Zidane notably scored wearing the shirt when Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2002. At that time, he led the team to three consecutive European titles between 2016 and 2018.
Rudiger currently wears the No.22 Bellingham wore for Dortmund and Birmingham City, while Real’s No.5 previous season was defender Vallejo. Birmingham discontinued No.22 Jersey in 2020 after Bellingham’s departure.
Bellingham has 24 England caps already at the age of 19.
“Hello Madridistas, I wanted to thank everyone who is here on this.”
“It is the most important day of my life, the first day at the world’s largest club.”
Bellingham stated at the presentation.
“I’d like to thank Juni Calafat, José ngel, the president, and everyone else for bringing me here.”
Also, thank you to my family. Hala Madrid, finally.”
Jude Bellingham to wear No.5 Jersey
At the event, President Florentino Perez had already welcomed the Englishman to the club.
“Today, once again, is a day of hope,” he remarked.
“The greatness of our 121 years has been built by figures and players of varying abilities.” We usually remark that the players feel like Real Madrid supporters, which explains our collective success. And now, one of the world’s top players lands in Madrid.
“He’s here because he wanted to, because he decided his history had to be linked to the world’s best club.”
“I’d like to express my appreciation for having chosen us.” You are in the most challenging club in the world, and the principles of this club will follow you for the rest of your life.
“I’m sure you fell in love with Madrid after witnessing our previous five Champions Leagues, where our principles are: solidarity, effort, friendship…
“You will discover that in Madrid, we never give up.” And you will find the strength to overcome the pressures and problems that arise in the hearts of millions of Real Madrid supporters.