Default
News Article  | Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

'Japanese Messi' Breaks Country Record

'Japanese Lionel Messi' Breaks J-League Record

By David Kappel - Apr 18, 2017 02:46 PM @kappilinho

A teenager who has been dubbed the "Japanese Messi" has reached a special landmark in his home country.

Takefusa Kubo, a former FC Barcelona youth player, has become the youngest player to score at senior level in Japan.

Read: Barca Wages Revealed?

The wonderkid scored his side's winner on Sunday at the age of just 15 years, 10 months and 11 days, breaking the previous record belonging to Takayuki Morimoto, who was two days shy of his 16th birthday when he scored.

Kubo, who has often been compared to Messi, set the record while playing for Cerezo Osaka's U23 side in the Japan's third division.

"I'm just really happy – hopefully I can continue helping the team win like this," the 15-year-old said, as quoted by AS.

"I don't like being compared to Messi. But one day I hope to be like him."

Read: Nominees For 2017 Golden Boy Revealed

Kubo was one of the players who left Barcelona after FIFA ruled that the Catalan giants had violated international transfer policies for under-age players.

Which South African youngster comes closest to Messi? Have your say in the comments section below.


41202 views
 
 
 

Related Articles

Comments

Default
Thula-Bucs Joined: 07 Feb 2014
No badges available
Thula-Bucs Apr 19, 2017 07:29 AM
Mxm on 3rd division pho
Default
shares_sheleni Joined: 11 Jan 2015
No badges available
shares_sheleni Apr 18, 2017 07:00 PM
@Floyd13 doesn't a name goes by rivaldo cotzee ring a bell to you if your answers is yes then you'd withdraw your comment.
Default
shares_sheleni Joined: 11 Jan 2015
No badges available
shares_sheleni Apr 18, 2017 06:53 PM
3rd division nhae!! That can't be that special I thought his playing on top flight, to me he doesn't deserve such praise his just a young boy with a bright future that's all.
Default
Hloni'mayeng2 Joined: 26 Feb 2017
No badges available
Hloni'mayeng2 Apr 18, 2017 06:25 PM
4 the 3rd division? Thats nt rlly a record 2 give such praise
Default
balintulo Joined: 01 Apr 2017
No badges available
balintulo Apr 18, 2017 06:00 PM
masuku th fomer Orlando Piretes..nd th current wits mahlambi
Default
PhendukaTheo Joined: 17 Apr 2017
No badges available
PhendukaTheo Apr 18, 2017 05:58 PM
@cowcela
Default
terminatorslavation Joined: 11 Apr 2017
No badges available
terminatorslavation Apr 18, 2017 05:37 PM
(Y)
Default
cowcela Joined: 04 Aug 2013
No badges available
cowcela Apr 18, 2017 05:33 PM
15 yrs not rats youngster rakhale who is 27
Default
Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
No badges available
Faysal Apr 18, 2017 05:11 PM
Come back to barca boy
Default
khosification.aka.pddy Joined: 08 Dec 2010
No badges available
khosification.aka.pddy Apr 18, 2017 05:11 PM
Mxm no news here, what is 3rd division by the way
Default
tini.siya@gmail.com Joined: 06 Apr 2017
No badges available
tini.siya@gmail.com Apr 18, 2017 04:24 PM
lol only billiat is ronaldo lmao
Default
tini.siya@gmail.com Joined: 06 Apr 2017
No badges available
tini.siya@gmail.com Apr 18, 2017 04:24 PM
mxm we dnt hv messiz in s.a only dollys n erasmuses n furmans jaliz mahlambiz or should i go on?
Default
Machine_Gun_Killer Joined: 25 Apr 2012
No badges available
Machine_Gun_Killer Apr 18, 2017 04:13 PM
Lol A Big No one
Default
Bheko khosi4lyf Joined: 16 Mar 2017
No badges available
Bheko khosi4lyf Apr 18, 2017 03:44 PM
@Floyd13 what happened to Rivaldo Cotzee of Ajax Cape town at what age did he received his 1st callup
Default
Floyd13 Joined: 12 Apr 2017
No badges available
Floyd13 Apr 18, 2017 03:26 PM
A first team call up at de age of 15 wow thts amazing it is really unlikely to happen in SA not even 18 yr cn b called bt we always tlk abt de future
Default
Salimbana Joined: 27 Oct 2013
No badges available
Salimbana Apr 18, 2017 03:22 PM
Kubo boy kubo qha ke maan.
Default
Clarras16 Joined: 06 Mar 2014
No badges available
Clarras16 Apr 18, 2017 03:13 PM
Fifa cheated this boy,he could have been learning from the best
Default
Ilambalidlile aka phazamisa loves bontle Joined: 17 Apr 2017
No badges available
kubo barca will always be ur home and whn the time is right u shall come back home
Default
Mpho Poster Joined: 03 Jul 2016
No badges available
Mpho Poster Apr 18, 2017 02:57 PM
Join Man U

Express Yourself

Your chance to say what you need to.

Create your blog

What You May Have Missed