Comparing Jude Bellingham’s first 10 Real Madrid matches with Cristiano Ronaldo’s
Jude Bellingham has had an unbelievable start to his Real Madrid career, but how does his record after 10 matches stack up to Cristiano Ronaldo’s?
Of course, Ronaldo went on to become arguably Real Madrid’s greatest player of all time scoring a record 450 goals and winning countless trophies along the way.
From a personal standpoint, the Portuguese forward had an excellent start in Spain, although he had to wait quite some time to get his hands on his first trophy.
Real Madrid went trophyless during Ronaldo’s debut season in 2009–10 and he only won the Copa del Rey during his second season. However, Real Madrid’s golden era was only around the corner.
Ronaldo eventually left the Santiago Bernabeu in 2018 having won 15 trophies, including two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies.
Bellingham certainly has a long way to go before his trophy cabinet even looks half a good as Ronaldo’s, but the early signs from his time at Real Madrid have been hugely promising.
Carlo Ancelotti has certainly been impressed with the 20-year-old midfielder as the Italian boss has regularly sung Bellingham’s praises throughout the season so far.
“Good players with personality suffer a bit less than the others,” Ancelotti told reporters when asked about Bellingham’s electric start to life in Madrid.
“There’s no other reason. A player with personality above all, more than quality, means that an important shirt like Real Madrid’s doesn’t weigh so much.
“Bellingham is being assessed right now based on what he’s doing on the pitch, and he’s doing well,” he added. “Maybe he wasn’t as well-known because he played in Germany, he didn’t have the role he has now, playing for an important club in an important league.
“He’s a player who’s very focused, very serious, very professional. He’s not someone who could lose his head if someone speaks well of him.”
Ancelotti’s side currently top La Liga, having taken 24 points from their first eight league matches. Come the end of the season, there’s every chance that Bellingham gets his hands on some silverware.
We’ve taken a closer look at Bellingham’s first 10 matches at Real Madrid and have compared his stats with Ronaldo’s first 10 games with Real Madrid in 2009-10.
Jude Bellingham’s first 10 matches
Key passes: 20
Minutes per goal: 85.7
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 85.7
Minutes per goal or assist: 65.9
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s first 10 matches
Key passes: 21
Minutes per goal: 69.8
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 77.5
Minutes per goal or assist: 63.45