After missing out on the Brazilian wonderkid Endrick, FC Barcelona transfer targets is now on, Youssoufa Moukoko of Borussia Dortmund also known as Dortmund Wonderkid as they set to replace Robert Lewandowski in the future.
- Youngest player to debut in the Bundesliga
- Youngest player to debut in the Champions League
- Youngest Scorer in the Bundesliga (16Y 28D)
- Youngest Scorer in the Der Klassiker (Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund)
- Youngest Scorer in the Revierderby ( Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke)
- Youngest player to get a brace in the Bundesliga
- Youngest player to reach double figures for goals in the Bundesliga
After a stellar youth career at childhood club FC St.Pauli and then the Dortmund Youth Team, where he made his under 17 debut at a staggering 12 years of age, Youssoufa Moukoko made his senior debut for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga at the tender age of 16 years and 1 day on Nov 21st 2020 where Moukoko faced Hertha Berlin in a sensational 2-5 victory, thus making him the youngest player to debut in a Bundesliga match.
Youssoufa Moukoko on making his Borussia Dortmund debut:— GOAL (@goal) November 23, 2020
“It was always my dream to become a professional football player. And if you have that dream you have to chase it like a lion.” 🦁
Weeks later, he made his Champions League debut coming on as a substitute for Dortmund against Zenit St. Petersburg making him the competition’s youngest ever player (aged 16 years 18 days) as well . His 1st senior goal for Dortmund came just weeks after making his debut where he scored against Union Berlin rewriting Bundesliga record books as the youngest ever Bundesliga scorer (at 16 years 28 days), breaking the record set by Florian Wirtz of Leverkusen ( at 17 years 34 days). He has only climbed higher and higher since then and is now a regular starter for Borussia Dortmund.
Cameroonian by origin, Dortmund wonderkid chose to represent Germany in the world stage, winning the U21 European Championship with Germany in 2021. Still only 18, He even made his world cup debut in the 2022 World Cup against Japan which Germany unfortunately lost 1-2 .
Experts and pundits point out similarities between Moukoko’s playing style to that of Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o, who coincidentally, also played for Barcelona. Youssoufa Moukoko has a keen eye for goal and excellent movement inside the penalty box , although he appears to be your out-right Center Forward, he likes to drift wide and drive the ball towards the goal as well. Moukoko possesses a powerful shot with his preferred left foot but he is comfortable shooting with his right foot as well.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag Youssoufa Moukoko!🎉🎂— Sky Sport (@SkySportDE) November 19, 2021
Der Stürmer von Borussia Dortmund wird heute 1️⃣7️⃣ Jahre alt.
🏆 2018: Deutscher B-Junioren-Meister
🏆 2021: DFB-Pokal-Sieger
🏆 2021: U21-Europameister #YoussoufaMoukoko pic.twitter.com/JVcH01Uir9
- 20/21 DFB Pokal Cup Winner
- 2021 European U21 Champion
- 17/18 Under 17 Bundesliga winner
22/23 Season Stats
After the departure of Erling Haaland, Youssofa Moukoko enjoys regular playing time at Dortmund, breaking all sorts of records along the way. The young starlet has become one of Dortmund’s key players this season in their everlasting quest to dethrone Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga, even scoring in the Der Klassiker this season where Dortmund drew 2-2 with Bayern Munich.
In the Bundesliga, Moukoko has scored 6 Goals and provided 4 Assists in 14 Matches, while providing 1 Assist each in Uefa Champions League and DFB Pokal.
Dortmund have long since been an excellent venue of world class talent and they seem to have done just that with Moukoko appearing as the next ‘big thing’ of the Bundesliga, with plenty of top clubs, including Bayern themselves, keeping tabs on this exciting prospect.
He has also been in the attention of none other than Lionel Messi himself, his idol, receiving a personalised picture from the man himself for his 15th birthday.
Lionel Messi has showed yet another time why he is such a nice person. The Blaugrana star has sent Youssoufa Moukoko a gift for his fifteenth birthday. Moukoko is one of the biggest talents in German football and he’s an enormous fan of Barcelona’s number 10. [sport] pic.twitter.com/GOKp6gZygu— barcacentre (@barcacentre) November 21, 2019
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