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Champions League Final: ‘Best night of my life’ – Jude Bellingham

Englishman lifts trophy for the first time against his former side but admits Madrid could have been blown away

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Jude Bellingham said lifting the Champions League with Real Madrid at Wembley was ‘the best night of my life.’

The 20-year-old follows Steve McManaman as English-born players to have lifted the trophy with overseas sides.

Bellingham saw mum Denise, dad Mark and brother Jobe in the stands at Wembley after Madrid’s 2-0 win over his former club Dortmund saw Los Blancos lift their 15th European title.

An emotional Bellingham told TNT Sports: “I’ve always dreamed of playing in these games.

“You go through life and there are so many people who say you cannot do things. I was alright until I was in my mum and dad’s face.

“My little brother is there and I’m trying to be a role model for him. I cannot put it into words. It’s the best night of my life.”

Madrid have won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup in addition to the Champions League in Bellingham’s first season and he admitted: “It’s got to be up there in terms of the perfect season.

“I can’t have dreamed it much better than this. I’m so grateful to my team-mates, my family, the team behind the scenes: the physios, everyone there. This is a massive group effort.”

Dortmund were made to rue a series of missed chances in the first hour before Madrid sealed victory with two goals in the final 16 minutes.

“I have to be honest: they were the better team in the first half,” Bellingham told DAZN. “They could’ve been two or three up. But it’s just that character… [we can] come back to haunt you.”

Bellingham said he has: “Huge respect for both clubs; the club I’m at now is so special to me and so is my old club. It wouldn’t be possible without them.

“I’ll always be grateful and always have respect for what that club did for me.”

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Alex Hoad

Alex has more than 15 years' experience in sports journalism and has reported on multiple Olympics, World Cups and European Championships in additional to Champions League, Europa League and domestic football.