BORUSSIA DORTMUND’S 13-year-old sensation Youssoufa Moukoko is at the moment the most well liked prospect on the globe after scoring an astonishing 30 objectives in 16 video games… for his or her Below-17s.
However amazingly it was on the age of 12 that the Cameroon-born Germany worldwide first grabbed the limelight.
Once more beginning for the U17s, Moukoko netted a hat-trick in his facet’s Revierderby towards rivals Schalke 04 final October to salvage a Four-Four draw.
On his first sport for the facet on August 13 final 12 months, in entrance of 150 followers, Moukoko scored two objectives in 9 minutes as Dortmund hammered SG Unterrath Three-Zero away from residence.
Simply six days later, on August 19, he netted 4 in a 6-1 thumping of Cologne.
That was a part of a really breathtaking sequence that noticed Moukoko rating a frankly ridiculous 13 objectives in 5 video games.
On prime of that he has notched three objectives in 4 video games for Germany Below-16s.
However such speedy success was shortly met with doubts about his age, even from inside his personal membership.
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Dortmund’s Below-23s supervisor Timo Preus stated: “With Youssoufa, I can think about that his age has solely been guessed.
“Perhaps in actuality he’s one or two years older. However definitely he’s not 17. For him that could be very troublesome.
“There may be nothing guilty him for, the boy just isn’t dishonest or something.”
Moukoko’s dad, Joseph, has been pressured to insist his precocious son is the age he claims he’s – even when he refuses to get caught up within the tidal wave of pleasure surrounding the lad.
Moukoko Sr stated: “His age is correct.
“Instantly after he was was born I registered him on the German consulate in Yaounde. We’ve a German delivery certificates.
“For me he’s not a wonderkid. I used to be even higher as a child.”
The participant’s delivery certificates states he was born on November 20, 2004, and the German Soccer Affiliation (DFB) have since confirmed all of the paperwork is so as.
A press release stated: “The DFB has already had various intensive discussions with Borussia Dortmund at varied ranges. There is no such thing as a doubt concerning the correctness of the age of the participant.”
With the trail clear for greatness, Moukoko retains banging within the objectives.
And his 30 in 16 video games within the B-Junioren Bundesliga West is 12 greater than the second hottest goal-getter within the league – Schalke’s Rene Biskup.
However why did Moukoko get bumped up into the U17s at such a younger age?
Properly, after becoming a member of from St Pauli final 12 months, he was prime scorer within the Below-15s, scoring 33 instances in 21 video games to assist them win the Regionalliga West title with 5 matches to spare.
His coach, Dortmund Below-17 boss Sebastian Geppert stated: “I can solely say optimistic issues about him.
“Youssoufa wish to compete with older gamers.
“It could be unfair to nonetheless play him within the Below-15s. It isn’t dangerous once I get a participant who can play for 4 years within the crew.”
Moukoko – who can’t play within the Bundesliga till he’s 17 due to DFB guidelines – may even surpass the greatness of fellow Dortmund academy stars Christian Pulisic and World Cup winner Mario Gotze.
Streets forward of his rivals regardless of being youthful than them, Moukoko appears destined for superstardom.