Jude Bellingham claims award that no other English player has ever managed to win
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In his first month as a Real Madrid player, Jude Bellingham has become the first Englishman to win La Liga's Player of the Month award.
The 20-year-old midfielder, who joined Los Blancos from Borussia Dortmund this summer for an initial £88.5 million, marked his competitive debut for the club with a goal against Athletic Bilbao.
A week later and Carlo Ancelotti's side made it two wins from two as the in-form Bellingham notched a brace and an assist in a far-from-convincing 3-1 win over Almeria.
It's fair to say the Birmingham youth product has stepped up to the plate in Madrid and on Friday, he dragged his teammates through a difficult game against Celta Vigo with an 81st minute winner.
As a result of his impressive form, Bellingham has claimed an award neither David Beckham or Michael Owen managed to win during their time in Spain.
In fact, Bellingham is also the first player in Real Madrid history to win La Liga's POTM award in his first month at the club.
The midfielder responded to winning the award by saying: "Only possible because of the amazing welcome from everyone at the club and the fans. Muchas gracias! Lets keep going for more good days."
Carlo Ancelotti has lavished praise on Bellingham in recent weeks. After he capped off his La Liga debut with a goal, the midfielder was lauded by his manager.
"It is rare to find player with this kind of quality," Ancelotti said after the full-time whistle. "He is only 20, so he can improve. We are lucky to have him in our squad.
"He was fantastic. He has a lot of rhythm, moves well and has quality finding open spaces."
The Italian recently said Bellingham has made up for Karim Benzema's absence this summer.
He added: "He’s a serious, mature boy with quality. What he’s doing doesn’t surprise those who know him, what’s surprising is that he’s only 20-years-old."