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Jude Bellingham equals Kylian Mbappé’s Golden Boy votes record, Englishman already on his way to Turin

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Jude Bellingham has emerged triumphant in the 2023 Golden Boy award, marking a significant milestone in his burgeoning football career. The announcement has set the stage for Bellingham’s journey from Madrid to Turin, where the prestigious awards ceremony awaits. Bellingham equals Mbappé in percentage of votes acquired in winning the award.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight and will be streamed on Tuttosport’s social media channels. Fans worldwide can witness the celebration.

Bellingham equals Mbappé

Bellingham on his way to Turin

Caicedo listed

Adding to the accolades of the evening is Real Madrid Femenino’s Linda Caicedo. The young sensation will be in attendance as the recipient of the Golden Girl award, adding a touch of diversity to the recognition.

Bellingham’s victory was not only notable for the Golden Boy title but also for the overwhelming support he received from voters. Securing an impressive 97% of the votes, he joins the ranks of Kylian Mbappé. The 2018 World Cup winner achieved a similar percentage when he claimed the award in 2017. However, what sets Bellingham apart is the increased number of votes he garnered, underlining the widespread acknowledgment of his exceptional talent.

The 20-year-old spoke after winning the award. He attributed his flying start to life at Real Madrid to the freedom handed to him by manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Bellingham equals Mbappé

Out of the 50 journalists entrusted with the task of casting their votes, a staggering 45 chose Bellingham as their top pick. The remaining 5, while acknowledging his prowess, placed him as their second choice.

This near-unanimous support from the media reflects the consensus surrounding Bellingham’s outstanding performance and potential in the football world.

Ballon d’Or debate

Now, Bellingham equals Mbappé in percentage off  votes, and is nearing or at the level of the Frenchman in the Ballon d’Or debate.

Jude Bellingham’s victory not only cements his status as one of the brightest talents in football. It also serves as a testament to his widespread appeal among those closely observing the sport. As he prepares to step onto the stage in Turin, the footballing world eagerly anticipates witnessing the next chapter in the promising career of this Golden Boy.

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