Jude Bellingham took a chip off Zinedine Zidane’s block in Real Madrid’s 4-2 Champions League win over Napoli.
The Los Blancos midfielder wore unreleased Adidas Predator boots similar to the ones Zidane used to wear.
Trent Alexander-Arnold did the same against Manchester City after he signed a £26million deal with the sportswear behemoths, joining Bellingham on their roster.
Next year is the 30-year anniversary of Adidas Predators coming out and the brand is teasing the release of a new edition of the boots once worn by Zidane, Steven Gerrard, and David Beckham.
But Bellingham was able to take the Zidane inspiration further by taking the No 5 shirt, once the Frenchman’s number.
He also wore a long-sleeved shirt against Napoli – unlike his team-mates – in a throwback to Zidane’s garment from the 2002 Champions League final.
That day Zidane scored a legendary volley against Bayer Leverkusen in a 2-1 win, and Bellingham was on the scoresheet on Wednesday night at the Bernabeu.
Bellingham scored Madrid’s second while Rodrygo, Nico Paz, and Joselu also netted to maintain the side’s 100% record in the Champions League this season.
He celebrated his goal by sticking out his tongue and later posted a clip with the caption ‘the tongue is back’ in a reference to his boots.
Napoli gave it a good go on Walter Mazzarri’s return to the dugout in Europe’s elite competition but were overpowered by a superior Madrid outfit.
Adidas couldn’t have many better representatives than the media-friendly Bellingham, who has 22.9 million Instagram followers and has had arecord-breaking start at Madrid, scoring 15 goals in 16 games.
Their new boots have had a flourishing start to life as Alexander-Arnold also scored against Man City to silence the Etihad.