Jude Bellingham has been awarded the 2023 Golden Boy award for the best player in Europe aged under 21.
The prize was established by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport 20 years ago and is voted for by 50 sports journalists across the continent.
The 20-year-old, who grew up in Stourbridge, moved from Borussia Dortmund to Real in the summer and has scored 13 goals in 14 appearances.
In a video message on tuttosport.com, England star Bellingham said: “I just wanted to thank everyone who voted for me for the 2023 Golden Boy. I really appreciate it.
“I’d like to thank everyone that’s been part of my journey so far at Birmingham, Dortmund and now Madrid. It wouldn’t be possible without them. There’s so many, I’d be here for hours naming them all."
He adds: “Lastly and most importantly my family, who give me the support and the motivation and the love every day to keep striving.
“Now that I’ve got this beautiful award, I want to keep going and keep pushing the limits of my potential and hopefully many more trophies to come.”
Bellingham has made a huge impact since moving from Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid in the summer, scoring 13 goals in 14 matches, including both in a 2-1 victory over Barcelona last month.
He was awarded the Kopa Trophy last month for the best young player in the world at the Ballon d’Or ceremony.
He is the third English player to win the Golden Boy after Wayne Rooney in 2004 and Raheem Sterling in 2014. The award will be presented at a gala in Turin on December 4.
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