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Kaka on Jude Bellingham comparison, working with Carlo Ancelotti & more

Kaka giving a talk

Kaka has admitted that it’s a privilege to be compared to Jude Bellingham following the English star’s impressive debut season at Real Madrid.

Signed for £115m last summer, despite being just 20 years old, Bellingham has become a genuine footballing superstar during his maiden season at the Santiago Bernabeu. Thanks to his whopping 23 goals and 11 assists throughout the 2023/24 season, the England international has helped Madrid back to the top of the European game – leading the team to La Liga and UEFA Champions League triumphs.

Bellingham’s performances have notably led to comparisons between himself and some of the greatest attacking midfielders to ever play the game, with manager Carlo Ancelotti recently comparing the 20-year-old to Ballon d’Or winner Kaka.

Speaking exclusively to 90min at Gatorade’s 5v5 Fuel’s Tomorrow event – which brought together youngsters from all over the world to play in the country of the host city of the UEFA Champions League final – Kaka admitted that he felt honoured by the comparisons, saying:

“For me it’s a privilege of course because Jude is doing really, really great.

Kaka giving a talk

Kaka giving a talk / Image courtesy of Gatorade

“Ancelotti has had a lot of players, he’s known a lot of players as a coach, so he knows a lot and if he’s comparing then I think it’s true.

“As I said, I think Jude is doing really good. Even if I don’t like comparisons much, because I think everyone is different, everyone has their own background and history, but to be compared to Jude it’s a privilege.

“He’s amazing, what he’s doing not just now but also what he did with Dortmund and what he’s done with the national team. He’s building his career, it’s really, really good.”

Kaka took the time to discuss the man who made the comparison between himself and Bellingham too: Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian won his record fifth UEFA Champions League at Wembley Stadium thanks to Madrid’s 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund, making him the most successful manager in the competition’s history.

When asked what makes Ancelotti such a special coach, Kaka replied: “He’s incredible. It’s the way that he can manage people, that’s what makes him so special. But every time we say that it makes it sound like he’s not a good tactical coach, but he’s amazing also with that.

“The way he manages people, the players, the squad, is ultimately what’s really important, and that’s what makes the difference.”

Kaka worked as a Confidence Coach at the event

Kaka worked as a Confidence Coach at the event / Image courtesy…

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