La Liga chief Javier Tebas believes Jude Bellingham’s incredible start to life at Real Madrid has increased the Spanish league’s popularity in the United Kingdom.
Bellingham is having an incredible start to life with Real Madrid since his move from Borussia Dortmund this summer, worth up to £115m. The English midfielder has scored 13 goals in 14 matches for Real Madrid so far this season.
In an interview with PA news agency, Javier Tebas said Bellingham is ‘from a different planet’ and his success at Real Madrid has increased La Liga viewers in the United Kingdom.
“It’s only been a few months, it’s too soon to know the full extent, but in the viewing levels in the UK Bellingham is having a big impact in our league,” Tebas said.
“He’s an important player and the United Kingdom and other English-speaking areas are attracted to our league because of him. Bellingham is a top player, we knew he was a great player but we didn’t realise the level he could reach, at Real Madrid it’s like he’s from a different planet.”
He added: “We have got the best player in Europe who is English. We can’t compare the two countries. Obviously the Premier League is bigger but the best player in Europe is playing in Spain. So we have the choice to get the best players to come to Spain.”
Bellingham withdrew from the England squad for Euro 2024 qualifying games due to a shoulder injury.