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Tadic tips ´hungry´ Bellingham to win the Ballon d´Or

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 16 Jun 2024

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Jude Bellingham “has everything to win the next Ballon d’Or”, Serbia skipper Dusan Tadic insisted after his side fell victim to England’s star midfielder.

Bellingham was the hero with his first-half header ensuring Gareth Southgate’s side got off to a winning start at Euro 2024, as they edged out the Eagles 1-0 in Gelsenkirchen.

The Real Madrid midfielder built on the momentum from his memorable debut season with Los Blancos, for whom he scored 23 goals and helped win LaLiga and the Champions League.

The second player after Michael Owen to score at the World Cup and European Championship before turning 21, he is also the first to do so for the Three Lions while playing his club football outside of England.

And Tadic, who appeared as a second-half substitute in Serbia’s first match at the European Championship as a unified nation, paid tribute to the 20-year-old.

When asked whether he thought Bellingham was the difference in the Group C contest, the Eagles skipper told reporters: “Yes, definitely. I think he is a great player and a great personality. I think he has everything to win the next Ballon d’Or.

“I think everything that he did was great today, he showed personality, he took England to the next level. He was always asking for the ball and I think he had a great game.

“What I think is most important for such a young player is that he always takes responsibility. That is amazing to see, and you can see he is very hungry.”

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