The 'African Messi', Moukoko, is one to watch at Borussia Dortmund

Born in Cameroon 2004, he's scored 124 goals in 76 matches for Dortmund's reserve team

A sus 15 años, Moukoko rompe récords en la cantera del BVB
A sus 15 años, Moukoko rompe récords en la cantera del BVB | AFP

Everyone has heard of Haaland, Bellingham and Reyna but Borussia Dortmund have yet another potential superstar coming through their youth ranks. Remember the name: Youssoufa Moukoko.

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Born on the 20th November 2004 in Yaounde, Cameroon, the potential of this forward cannot be denied. His quality forced the German league to change their rules to allow a player under the age of 16 and 6 months to make their professional debut. The new rule sets 16 as the cut-off point and this means Moukoko could beat Nuri Sahin's current record (16 years old and 11 months).

He made his debut with Dortmund's U17 side at the age of 12, the same time he earned international recognition with Germany's U16 team. His goal return is nothing short of sensational, Messi-esque even. He scored 90 goals in 56 matches for the U17 side and is the top scorer of all-time at that level for Dortmund. Last season he was promoted to the U19 team and scored 34 goals in 20 matches. Six of those came on his debut against Wuppertal. 

Lucien Favre will include Moukoko in his preseason squad and he'll have the number 18 shirt next season. The youngster is yet to make a decision on his international future with Cameroon remaining hopeful he'll chose them. Germany manager Joachim Low is also aware of Moukoko's talent. "I asked Michael Skibbe (Dortmund's U19 manager) about him.. but I want him to develop in peace."


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