Swift revenge! Taylor Swift fans threaten to hijack Golden Boy Web award vote in favour of England’s Jude Bellingham after his rival Alejandro Balde said he didn’t like her music
- He was nominated for the prize given to the world’s most promising young player
England star Jude Bellingham could be crowned the world’s most promising young player – with a bit of help from Taylor Swift.
Furious fans of the 12-time Grammy winner are attempting to hijack a public vote for the 2023 Golden Boy Web award in Bellingham’s favour after rival Alejandro Balde admitted he doesn’t like her music.
Barcelona starlet Balde, 19, was leading the race ahead of the social media stunt – which saw his Real Madrid rival’s vote share swing from 30 per cent to 89 per cent.
Both Bellingham and Balde have strong claims to the coveted award, which will be presented in November, as they do for the overall Golden Boy award, which is decided by a jury of journalists.
Bellingham has had a blistering start to his career with Los Blancos, scoring five goals and registering a further assist in Real Madrid’s opening four matches.
Taylor Swift fans are threatening to hijack the Golden Boy Web award. Pictured: Taylor Swift performing in Arizona in March
Swifties have threatened to vote for Jude Bellingham after his rival Alejandro Balde said he didn’t like her music. Pictured: Jude Bellingham celebrates after scoring against Celta Vigo on August 25
The feat saw him named LaLiga Player of the Month in his debut in the competition, with the midfielder seemingly determined to prove his £113million worth at a running start.
Balde has become a valued presence in Xavi Hernandez’s side since his senior team debut in 2021, making 44 appearances across all competitions for the league champions.
Away from the Camp Nou for the first time since since 1957, have enjoyed a similarly strong start to their 2023/24 campaign.
Despite opening the season with a patchy 0-0 draw against Getafe, the Catalan side have since registered wins against Cadiz, Villarreal, and Osasuna.