Undoubtedly a Ballon d’Or Contender

Leonardo Bonucci of Union Berlin has praised Jude Bellingham, naming him as a possible contender for the 2024 Ballon d’Or. Bellingham, who recently transferred from Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid for a reported fee of €103 million, has made a strong impact with 16 goals and four assists in 18 games across various positions. Bonucci expressed high regard for Bellingham’s maturity at just 20 years old, and labeled him as a potential Ballon d’Or candidate in the near future.

In addition to his praise for Bellingham, Bonucci also spoke highly of Luka Modric, who has had an impressive career at Real Madrid. Modric, who has helped lead Real Madrid to five UEFA Champions League titles, is considered one of the greatest midfielders of all time. Bonucci expressed admiration for Modric’s skill, leadership, and overall impact on the field, noting that his presence often makes it seem like Real Madrid has several additional players. Modric has made 505 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring 37 goals, providing 79 assists, and winning the 2018 Ballon d’Or.

Despite facing Modric on the field, Bonucci maintains a deep respect for him, highlighting their personal relationship and mutual admiration. As both players continue to leave their mark on the sport, their contributions to the game and their respective clubs are undeniable.