BERLIN, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) — Borussia Dortmund are continuing their record-breaking journey in the UEFA Champions League.
With the Black and Yellow’s securing victory in their second group encounter in the 2021/2022 campaign against Sporting (1-0), Jude Bellingham set a new mark.
The 18-year-old became the youngest player to make 10 starting eleven appearances in the Champions League.
On top, the former Birmingham midfielder delivered a stunning assist allowing Dutch striker Donyell Malen to score the winning goal, his first after his move from PSV Eindhoven this summer.
Dortmund not only realized its second three-pointer but fortified its reputation as one of football’s best development laboratories.
The English international is one of the innumerable talents having made their way to the top when in the 2012 German Champions shirt.
Another upstart to the chagrin of Borussia only appeared on the pitch before kick-off to collect his award for the 2020/2021 Champions League’s best scorer.
Norwegian Erling Haaland, against Sporting side-lined due to an injury, received warm applause from the stands for his ten goals last season, scored in only eight games.
Aside from the 21-year-old goal-machine, Bellingham is continuously turning into Dortmund’s Mr. Champions League.
In the side’s first group game in Turkey against Besiktas, the gifted youngster became the youngest player (18 years and 78 days) to score in consecutive Champions League games.
He beat Paris star and French international Kylian Mbappe by just seven days which the Frenchman set in March 2017.
Bellingham’s high flight is increasingly attracting the attention of several top European sides such as Manchester United and Liverpool.
Counting on a contract with the young genius until 2025, Dortmund announced it intends to keep its midfielder. Media reports speak of a market value of at least 100 million for the Englishman.
As the club is likely to lose Haaland next summer due to an exit clause, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke announced to reject offers for Bellingham.
Last season, the youngster was one of the most promising upstarts in the German national league, followed by his first major tournament at the Euro 2020 in the Three Lions shirt.
This season Bellingham seems to benefit from his new coach’s tactical system.
As Marco Rose is mostly using a midfield diamond, the Englishman is happy about an additional share of freedom. That might be one of the reasons for him to set a series of new records in the Champions League.
“He is just amazing. He is three years younger than me, but already at that level. I can’t find words, he is outstanding,” teammate Haaland said.
At a brisk speed, Bellingham conquered peoples’ hearts as he is far from a selfish star but stands for a robust working mentality.
Aside from his fighting heart, developed in a year of relegation battling in Birmingham, he is responsible for enchanting, often artistic football.
Under Rose Bellingham enjoys his role as a pure box-to-box player as he is given more options to act between the wing and the center conducting the game.
The Dortmund Youngster seems a perfect match as he combines physical strength along playing skills and tactical smartness.
Borussia’s number 22 not only gained more playing time as a regular in Dortmund but makes the club’s fans hope for new records in the Champions League.