Jude Bellingham’s career timeline from Birmingham City to Real Madrid | Football

Bellingham is shining for Real Madrid this season (Picture: Getty)

Real Madrid and England star Jude Bellingham has blossomed into one of the finest players in the beautiful game.

But that will come as no surprise to former clubs Birmingham City and Borussia Dortmund, who have helped nurture his talent on his footballing journey to the top of the game.

The 20 year-old, who will be hoping to fire the Three Lions to glory at Euro 2024 this summer, has enjoyed an historic start to his Madrid career in-keeping with a player who has broken record after record since his first steps in senior football over four years ago.

Let’s take a look at Bellingham’s club career and his defining moments to date.

Birmingham City

Bellingham joined Birmingham’s academy as part of the U8 team, eventually progressing to play for the U23s by the age of just 15.

The midfielder became the club’s youngest-ever player when he made his first-team debut, aged 16 years and 38 days, in a Carabao Cup clash with Portsmouth in August 2019.

Jude Bellingham celebrates whilst playing for Birmingham City

Bellingham came through Birmingham City’s academy (Picture: Getty)

His winning strike against Stoke at the end of that month then saw him become Birmingham’s youngest-ever goalscorer.

From that point onwards, Bellingham became a mainstay in the starting XI, and his performances for his boyhood club saw him linked with a whole host of big name teams in the January 2020 transfer window.

One of the clubs circling around the starlet was Manchester United, who reportedly had a £20m bid turned down for the player on deadline day.

Bellingham’s first, and ultimately only season with Birmingham, saw him finish the campaign with four goals in 44 appearances in all competitions.

After Bellingham left the club to join Borussia Dortmund, Birmingham decided to retire the number 22 shirt in honour of their academy graduate.

Announcing the move, Birmingham said: ‘In such a remarkably short space of time Jude has become an iconic figure at Blues, showing what can be achieved through talent, hard work and dedication. His caring, humble and engaging off-the-field demeanour has also made him such an impressive role model.

‘The 22 shirt has become synonymous with Jude, his rise to the first team aged just 16 years and 38 days and these qualities. And as such the club have decided it would be fitting to retire this number, to remember one of our own and to inspire others.’

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund were reportedly one of several clubs that Bellingham and his father, Mark, visited in the summer of 2020, with the German side’s impressive record of developing younger players said to have been a key factor in their decision to opt for the Signal Iduna Park.

Jude Bellingham celebrates scoring a goal for Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund snapped Bellingham up after just one season of first-team football (Picture: Getty)

Dortmund parted with £25m to sign Bellingham, making him the most expensive 17 year-old in the history of the sport.

Another record fell the way of Bellingham when, just thirty minutes into his debut, he became the youngest-ever Dortmund goalscorer at 17 years and 77 days.

But the records didn’t stop there, with his Champions League debut in October seeing him break Phil Foden’s record for the youngest English player to feature in the competition.

His goal in the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City made him Dortmund and England’s youngest scorer in the competition.

Growing in influence as the season went on, Bellingham’s campaign culminated with a start in the DFB-Pokal final against RB Leipzig, which Dortmund won 4-1 to hand Bellingham his first trophy.

Finishing his debut season in Germany with four goals in 46 appearances in all competitions, Bellingham was voted Newcomer of the Season by his teammates and was the runner-up to Barcelona star Pedri in the 2021 Kopa Trophy.

Underling his stature in the team, Bellingham was handed the armband for a Champions League group stage fixture against Sevilla in October 2022, becoming the third youngest player ever to do so.

Bellingham won the German Cup with Dortmund in 2021 (Picture: Getty)

Bellingham finished his second season with the German giants with six goals and 14 assists as the club finished eight points behind champions Bayern Munich.

Dortmund agonisingly missed out on the title to Bayern on the final day of the 2022/23 season after drawing at home to Mainz – a game which Bellingham was an unused substitute owing to a knee injury.

Despite missing out on team silverware, Bellingham’s performances, which saw him register 14 goals and seven assists, earnt him the Bundesliga Player of the Season award.

Real Madrid

Bellingham snubbed interest from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City to sign for Real Madrid in June 2023.

Los Blancos paid an initial £88.4m for Bellingham, which could rise to as much as £115m with add-ons.

He is currently the third most expensive English player of all-time, behind international colleagues Declan Rice and Jack Grealish, although he could rise to the top of the list if the add-ons are met.

Real Madrid unveil new signing Jude Bellingham

Bellingham has lived up to his price tag at Madrid (Picture: Getty)

Bellingham’s Madrid career got off to a dream start with a goal on his debut against Athletic Club, which was followed by a brace in his second game against Almeria and then late winners against Celta Vigo and Getafe.

His exploits in front of goal saw him become just the third player to score in each of his first four games for the club.

Arguably the finest moment of his Real Madrid career to date was when he scored two goals, one of which was a 92nd minute winner, in the 2-1 El Clasico win over Barcelona in October.

Bellingham, who is the first Madrid player to score on his La Liga, Champions League and El Clasico debut, broke the record for the most goals scored in a player’s first 15 games for the club when his 14th strike arrived against Cadiz in November.

Just weeks after winning the Kopa Trophy, Bellingham was announced as the winner of the Golden Boy award for 2023, which is awarded to the best U21 footballer playing in one of the top five divisions in Europe.

The second trophy of Bellingham’s career was claimed with a 4-1 win over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final in January.

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