In the world of football, the debate over the biggest clubs is as old as the game itself. Recently, Gary Lineker, the former Barcelona striker and England’s one-time top scorer, weighed in on this discussion, naming what he believes to be the three most prominent clubs in terms of stature. His list? Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester United.
Lineker’s declaration came on the heels of Jude Bellingham’s high-profile move to Real Madrid, a transfer that could potentially reach a staggering £115 million.
The young Englishman’s move to the Spanish capital has been met with widespread excitement, and Lineker himself is among those thrilled by the prospect.
“Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid is a fabulous one,” Lineker stated. “His maturity is beyond his years, having captained a club like Dortmund in his teens. The Bernabeu is a fitting stage for such a promising talent.”
Lineker, who now presents for La Liga TV, believes that Bellingham’s move to Madrid is a testament to the pulling power of the Spanish top flight, and particularly the clubs he considers to be among the world’s elite.
3 Biggest Clubs According to Gary Lineker
“Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester United are probably the world’s big three football clubs in terms of stature,” Lineker said. “Despite my Barcelona bias, I can’t deny that Real Madrid is a sensational football club. They play brilliant football and have an incredible history of success.”
Bellingham himself echoed Lineker’s sentiments during his introductory press conference at Real Madrid. The young midfielder cited the size and history of the club as key factors in his decision to make the move.
“The reason I said it’s the proudest day of my life is because it’s the greatest club in the history of the game,” Bellingham said. “I loved the feeling I got from the club. It’s not the case that the other teams were bad or not good, but Real Madrid is the greatest.”
In the end, whether one agrees with Lineker’s assessment of the top three clubs or not, it’s clear that the allure of these footballing giants remains as strong as ever. And for Jude Bellingham, the chance to shine on such a grand stage is an opportunity of a lifetime. As Lineker put it, “It’s going to be really interesting to follow.”