Jude Bellingham first Real Madrid player to score in opening four Champions League games

The England midfielder's header means he has now scored 16 goals this season for club and country

 Jude Bellingham celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League first round group C football match between Real Madrid CF and SSC Naples at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium
Jude Bellingham is enjoying a superb start to life at Real Madrid Credit: Getty Images/Javier Sorano

Jude Bellingham became the first player in Real Madrid history to score in each of his first four Champions League matches.

Two late goals by 19-year-old Nico Paz and Joselu gave Real Madrid a 4-2 fightback win against Napoli on Wednesday, securing the top spot in Champions League Group C with one round of matches remaining.

But it was Bellingham who yet again made a crucial contribution to put Madrid in front, with his 15th goal for the Spanish club since joining in the summer.

Giovanni Simeone opened the scoring for the visitors with a close-range strike in the ninth minute but Real hit back quickly, with Rodrygo equalising with a fine shot into the top corner two minutes later, and they went ahead with a Bellingham header in the 22nd minute.

Bellingham later picked up a worrying knock to his ankle towards the end of the first half, but he was able to continue and completed the match.

Former Fulham midfielder Frank Anguissa levelled the game from a rebound two minutes after the break but a stunner from range by academy midfielder Paz in the 84th minute gave Real the lead again, and Joselu got the fourth goal with a tap-in in added time.

Bellingham has now scored 16 goals this season when his lone strike for England is included, having already netted in Madrid’s European victories over Union Berlin and the away trip to Naples, having also scored in Braga after missing the home tie through injury.

The 14-times European champions maintained their 100 per cent record and have 15 points from five games, eight points ahead of the Italian champions who are second in Group C on seven points, three clear of Braga in third. Union Berlin are bottom on two points after a 1-1 draw against Braga earlier on Wednesday.

Joselu also appeared to apologise to the fans at the Bernabeu while celebrating after having missed a few good chances earlier in the match.