BARCELONA legend Hristo Stoichkov has slammed the decision to name Jude Bellingham as the Golden Boy Award winner.
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Bellingham, 20, has won the prestigious Golden Boy award following a sensational year for club and country.
But Stoichkov, 57, has made his view clear on Bellingham winning the title.
When asked if the youngster should have won the award he told Tuttosport: “No. I don’t dispute Bellingham’s value.
“He’s one of the strongest talents in the world: he’s got a lot of class and a lot of brains.”
The ex-forward may not consider Bellingham a champion, but he sees the youngster has the qualities of Barcelona legend Laudrup, AC Milan icon Kaka and Juventus’ Pogba.
He continued: “For me, it’s a mix between Laudrup, Kaka and the first Pogba. The future is yours.
Bellingham began the year helping Dortmund push Bayern to the final game of the Bundesliga season before an injury ruled him out of his side’s last game which they decisively lost.
Nevertheless, he finished the season with 14 goals and seven assists in 42 appearances.
He then joined Real Madrid in the summer for a British record £115million.
Bellingham has since scored 13 goals and provided three assists in 14 matches for Carlo Ancelotti‘s men.
However, Stoichkov argues that Bellingham’s scoring prowess is not enough to win the award as the youngster is yet to win a trophy with his club.
He continued: “How successful have all these goals been for Real Madrid?
“You know what my friend Mourinho would say about ‘titles’. So let’s talk about how the last Bundesliga ended.
“Borussia Dortmund had a two-point lead over Bayern with 90 minutes remaining.
“They were playing at home against Mainz, while the Bavarians were in Cologne. What happened with 5 minutes to go?
“Tuchel introduced Musiala, who scored in the closing stages to make it 3-2 for Bayern while Borussia were held to a 2-2 draw at home and goodbye to the title on goal difference.”
The 1994 Ballon d’Or winner confirmed he would have crowned either Barcelona’s Alejandro Balde or Musiala with the trophy.