Real madrid’s Bellingham wins 2023 Golden Boy award

Real Madrid’s English midfielder Jude Bellingham celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Barcelona on 28 October, 2023AFP

England midfielder Jude Bellingham has been awarded the 2023 Golden Boy award after a stunning start to life at Real Madrid.

The 20-year-old beat Bayern Munich winger Jamal Musiala and RB Leipzig's Xavi Simons to pick up the award that recognises players under the age of 21.

Bellingham is the top scorer in LaLiga with 10 goals in 11 matches and has netted another three in as many appearances in the Champions League, after moving to the Spanish capital from Borussia Dortmund in June for a reported initial fee of 103 million euros ($112 million).

"I'd like to thank everyone that has been part of my journey so far at Birmingham, Dortmund and now Madrid. It wouldn't be possible without them," Bellingham said on Friday.

"Lastly and most importantly, my family, who give me the support, motivation and love every day to keep striving.

Real Madrid's English midfielder Jude Bellingham celebrates with teammates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League 1st round day 1 group C match between Real Madrid and Union Berlin at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on 20 September 2023

"Now I have this prestigious award I want to keep going. I want to keep pushing the limits of my potential and hopefully many more trophies to come."

Madrid's Colombian forward Linda Caicedo, 18, won the Golden Girl award.

The Golden Boy award has been won in the past by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Raheem Sterling, Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Barcelona duo Pedri and Gavi.