Jude Bellingham’s latest incredible feat for Borussia Dortmund was only slightly tarnished by a familiar face.
The 19-year-old Englishman put in yet another fine display in the Champions League, captaining his team as he scored and assisted in a 4-1 win over Sevilla.
Becoming the first-ever Englishman to wear the armband in the competition while still a teenager, Bellingham’s sumptuous pass for Raphael Guerreiro provided the opener, before he extended it with a mazy run and finish.
Not always known for his goalscoring ability, Bellingham has added yet another string to his bow in Europe, with three goals in three games this term leaving the world’s biggest teams queuing up for his signature.
It also puts him on an exclusive list of just two teenagers to score in the first three matchdays of a Champions League campaign.
And the former Birmingham star’s reaction was priceless when he worked out who the other was.
When asked post-match if he knew the other player to achieve the feat, Bellingham pondered: “English teenager or any teenager?
After the interviewer told him, ‘any teenager’ he guessed ‘[Kylian] Mbappe?’ only to be told, “You know him very well.”
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“Erling,” Bellingham replied before sarcastically rolling his eyes.
“Yeah, of course. Can’t get anything over that geezer at the minute, I swear to God.
“Sums him up!”
The two were great friends during their time together in the Bundesliga, regularly taking part in some hilarious YouTube videos for the club’s channel.
But after the Norwegian superstar sealed a move to Man City during the summer, Bellingham still hasn’t been able to get away from him after being drawn in the same Champions League group.
Their first meeting of the campaign at the Etihad saw Bellingham open the scoring, before an astonishing acrobatic finish from Haaland sealed a late 2-1 win.
‘F*** sake mate,’ were Bellingham’s first words to his former teammate post-match, and he was left rueing his friend’s quality when asked after the game.
When told Man City’s first shot on target was their late equaliser, he replied: “You’re kidding me! You’re kidding me, stop!
“That’s what great teams can do to you, and that just shows his [Haaland’s] quality.
“He’s not always in the game, but you give him half a sniff and he can make a goal, and that’s what he did.”
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