Jadon Sancho helped 17-year-old Jude Bellingham settle into life at Dortmund before their careers took very different paths… Now the old friends will meet again at Wembley as they face off in the Champions League final


Jude Bellingham was certain to be the star of this grand event under the Arch on June 1st, given that he plays for Real Madrid.

 

Nobody anticipated, even a few months ago, that Jadon Sancho, of Borussia Dortmund, would be facing him.

Naturally, the two were teammates at Dortmund and got along well off the field. Four years Bellingham’s senior, Sancho assisted Bellingham in adjusting to life in Germany when he came there as a 17-year-old in 2020.

Bellingham’s decision to sign there instead of Manchester United or elsewhere was influenced in large part by Sancho’s success after moving to Germany as a teenager and his rapid rise to regular first-team play.

 

The English pair’s career paths have diverged significantly over the years.

 

Now twenty years old, Bellingham’s reputation has grown steadily to the point where he is arguably the best young player in the world.

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