Real Madrid legend Luis Figo once called Jude Bellingham one of the best players in the world.
The England international moved to Los Blancos this summer from Borussia Dortmund for an initial fee of £88.5 million, which rises to £115 million.
And while many players have wilted under the bright lights of the Bernabeu, the 20-year-old is already thriving and has started life in La Liga with five goals in four appearances.
This led to widespread plaudits for the midfielder, including a Real Madrid legend who played alongside players such as Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham and Ronaldo.
Bellingham’s stunning form, which continued during the international break with England, led Portuguese icon Figo to congratulate the former Birmingham starlet.
Quoted by AS, he said: “He started very strong. (He) adapted very, very quickly to what Real Madrid is.
“Is Bellingham already one of the best players in the world? Yes, without a doubt.
“Because of his talent and the commitment he shows, even though he is so young.”
The former Barcelona captain was not the only former Real star to praise Bellingham as Bernd Schuster waxed lyrical about the youngster.
Schuster, who played for and later managed Real, said: “You can see he’s a guy who likes to carry the weight of the game.
“We had lost a lot of very good players in La Liga… but it seems another one landed with him.”
“I see him scoring between 15 and 20 goals, he has a nice finish from the second line, a nice header, his shot from outside the box…”
It’s not just at club level that Bellingham has shone, as he demonstrated his talent during the international break.
The youngster almost single-handedly beat Scotland in a 3-1 win at Hampden Park, not an easy place for a visiting player to play – let alone one so young.
A quick double from Phil Foden and Bellingham put England in control before Harry Maguire scored an own goal.
But Madrid maestro Bellingham then brilliantly picked out Harry Kane, who fired home to make it 3-1 to the Three Lions.
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