In a surprising turn of events, Jude Bellingham, the rising talent from Real Madrid, has been crowned as the best player in the world by none other than Top Trumps.

This new ranking system has placed Bellingham above renowned names such as his teammate Vinicius Jnr, Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, and even Lionel Messi.

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Bellingham’s remarkable achievement comes on the heels of his instrumental role in Real Madrid’s triumphant journey to clinch their 15th Champions League trophy.

The young England international’s exceptional performances have not only earned him recognition within the game but have also positioned him as a strong contender for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.

The endorsement by Top Trumps, as part of their revered World Football Stars Top 200 series, solidifies Bellingham’s status as the epitome of football excellence.

The decision was based on a combination of factors, including his estimated market worth of £128m, his current talent, and his incredible potential for even greater success.

Commenting on Bellingham’s top-ranking position, a spokesperson for Top Trumps emphasized his impressive market value, exceptional talent, and leadership qualities that set him apart from his peers.


At just 20 years old, Bellingham’s ability to dominate the midfield and consistently perform at the highest level make him a true inspiration, securing his rightful place at the summit of their rankings.

Meanwhile, Top Trumps unveiled this exciting news through a video on their Instagram platform. In an interesting twist, they have also collaborated with Gary Lineker’s The Rest is Football Podcast to reveal the rankings.

In their light-hearted video, Lineker humorously pointed out that Messi secured the fifth position, despite his relatively smaller stature and a valuation of only £30m. Lineker playfully added that Messi shares a commonality with Alan Shearer in never having won the FA Cup.

As the complete top 10 rankings have yet to be announced, football enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the inclusion of top talents like Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, Vinicius, and Harry Kane.

It is worth noting that Top Trumps evaluates players from both the men’s and women’s game, with Poland’s Ewa Pajor emerging as the top-ranked female player at 32nd overall. The list also features England’s very own Keira Walsh, Leah Williamson, and Millie Bright.

Despite his undeniable credentials for the Ballon d’Or, Bellingham humbly believes that his teammate Vinicius deserves the title of the best player in the world. According to Bellingham, Vinicius’s unique playing style and incredible skills make him unparalleled.

Their close bond off the pitch translates into a seamless understanding on it, where they complement each other’s movements effortlessly.

Bellingham expressed that if Vinicius were to win the prestigious award, he would feel just as proud as if he had won it himself, knowing that he played a significant role in his teammate’s success.

The declaration of Jude Bellingham as the best player in the world by Top Trumps adds another intriguing layer to the ongoing debate surrounding football’s elite performers.

As the rankings unfold, fans eagerly await the unveiling of the complete list, which is set to feature the brightest stars in the beautiful game.