Who is Youssoufa Moukoko? All about the Bundesliga’s youngest ever player
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Youssoufa Moukoko is quite the talent, and that’s putting it mildly. As you can see from the title, he is the youngest player to ever compete in the Bundesliga. This kind of achievement doesn’t happen by chance, and he deserves it to be perfectly honest. At just 16 years of age, Moukoko has been turning heads in the top-tier of German football since November 2020. He is originally from Cameroon but moved to Germany in 2014 to be with his father – a German citizen. This is how Moukoko is also able to represent Germany for their youth team on the international stage.
He currently plays for Borussia Dortmund as a striker, although he isn’t always in the starting lineup, naturally. With that said, Moukoko has broken countless records in football already, and we’d like to share this information right now.
What Youssoufa Moukoko has achieved to date
Moukoko is a sensational player, and there is plenty of hype regarding what he could do in football. But for now, he already has a locker full of accolades to note. Here they are:
Youngest Bundesliga player ever
This actually wouldn’t have been possible until the Bundesliga changed its regulations recently. In 2020, regulations were altered to allow players to compete once they had turned 16. It seems that Dortmund couldn’t wait to get him on the field either. Moukoko actually played his first professional game just one day after turning 16, in a game against Hertha BSC. With that said, he was only brought onto the pitch in the 85th minute. But still – an appearance is an appearance!
This meant that the previous record of 16 years and 334 days was absolutely obliterated. Of course, with almost a year over his nearest rival, things were already off to a good start for Moukoko.
Youngest Champions League player ever
Moukoko turned 16 on November 20th, 2020. Fast forward to December 8th, he represented Dortmund in a Champions League game against Zenit St Petersburg. Since he was just 16 years and 18 days old at the time, he broke yet another record. However, the record for this was much closer than the record for being the youngest Bundesliga player ever. His nearest rival here, Celestine Babayoro, was 16 years and 87 days old at the time. A close contest, but nevertheless, Moukoko now has the record.
He played pretty well in the match too, showing that he is not afraid of playing on the big stage.
Youngest Bundesliga goal scorer ever
Playing as a striker, it goes without saying that scoring goals are the primary objective for Moukoko. And while his previous two records were won for appearances, this one is arguably more impressive. Scoring a goal in one of the most competitive leagues in the world is easier said than done. However, Moukoko achieved this on December 18th, 2020. This was done in a game against Union Berlin, and at just 16 and 28 days years old, he broke the previous record.
The record before this was actually held by Florian Wirtz. He was 17 and 34 days old when he scored his first Bundesliga goal. So as we can see, Moukoko broke the record by an entire year – pretty impressive!
Eight-figure Nike contract
It’s usually a pretty good sign when sports companies like Nike go after a young player. And for Moukoko, he has already signed an eight-figure advertising contract with Nike (10 million Euros reportedly). This endorsement deal was sealed back in 2019 before Moukoko had even kicked a ball professionally in the Bundesliga. That in itself tells you all you need to know about the talents of this young striker. And dare we say, the sky's the limit for Moukoko moving forward. This is already an incredibly lucrative deal, but more could be on the horizon should he stay on his current path.
As previously stated, Moukoko was born in Cameroon. However, he is able to represent Germany due to the fact that his father is a German citizen. This makes him a German citizen by descent, and of course, his skills attracted the attention of the German international coaches. He has already put in a string of fantastic performances for the German Under 16 squad, scoring multiple goals. But beyond this, he has since been called up to represent Germany at the Under 21 level.
He missed the first few games of the 20/21 season because of injury. But once fit and healthy for the next international games, we are confident that Moukoko will feature!
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