Taylor Swift fans mass vote for Jude Bellingham to win 2023 Golden Boy - why and what did Alejandro Balde say?
Jude Bellingham may now be the frontrunner to win the 2023 Golden Boy - but with unlikely help from Taylor Swift fans
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Taylor Swift fans have proved that they are one of the most loyal and fiercest fan bases and could be highly influential in Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham winning the 2023 Golden Boy award in an unusual situation.
Jude became one of the most expensive British players of all time when he completed his transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid earlier this year for an initial fee reported to be around £88.5 million.
Due to his explosive start with the La Liga giants, and his exploits in Germany earlier in the year, he is in the running for the 2023 Golden Boy and many believe he has a great chance of winning the award.
The Golden Boy is an award that is given by sports journalists to a young male footballer playing in Europe perceived to have been the most impressive during a calendar year. All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a European nation’s top tier.
Last year’s award was won by Barcelona wonderkid Gavi, and many believed the trophy could remain in Barcelona with attacking left wing back Alejandro Balde also in the running, with his performances propelling him in international notoriety.
However, his chances could be heavily hit by an angry mob of Taylor Swift fans, after the player admitted he isn’t really a fan of the popstars music with the comment recently going viral.
Taylor Swift fans, affectionately known as ‘Swifties’, have now launched a social media campaign against Balde after he said "Do I like Taylor Swift? No, I don’t like her music."
Unhappy with his comments against Swift, fans decided to vote in numbers in favour of Bellingham for the 2023 Golden Boy. By midnight on Wednesday, the English midfielder’s vote count reportedly rose from 30 percent to 89 percent, as per Tribuna.