The japanese names are probably not exactly on the front of the tongue, when you are asked to list the world's best footballers.
But write directly him here behind your ear for the next time you are asked: Takefusa Kubo.
The 18-year-old football player has taken all of Japan by storm, and kæmpetalentet hunted game of several european best clubs.
According to the Spanish AS the Spanish big clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona the lead in the battle for FC Tokyo teenagetalent together with always transfer aggressive Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
Takefusa Kubo have got the mandatory nickname of 'the japanese Messi'.
Based on stature and style of play is there something more to it, than when you look at the Finnish ones, Joni Kauko...
Takefusa Kubo (in the foreground) has just afdriblet two players from Nagoya Grampus in J-League. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix
Japan's Messi has in fact previously been a part of Barcelona's youth academy, La Masia, where he was picked up as a ten-year-old, but it was a breach of FIFA's rules about downloading foreign players under the age of 18 years, and Kubo had to return home to Japan after four years in Spain.
Here he chose storklubben FC Tokyo in the best japanese series.
The 6. november 2016, he became the youngest player ever in the J-League, and after the big break-through this halvsæson with four goals in 13 matches, Kubo just has just been selected for the Japan midfielder.
If Takefusa Kubo will debut during the upcoming Copa America tournament, he becomes the youngest player ever to Japan, which hardly makes him less interesting for the cream of european football.
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