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The talented forward was thrust into the limelight from an early age. Since joining the German club from St Pauli in 2016, he scored 141 goals in 88 appearances during his time in the BVB youth system.
:baby: YOUNGEST EVER :raised_hands:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 18, 2020
Youssoufa Moukoko becomes the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history, and what a time to do it!
A great moment for the Dortmund rising star :clap: pic.twitter.com/0RJIeUDhpR
But behind the scenes, the Cameroon-born forward was struggling when he first arrived on the scene.
"In the beginning, the reports were very stressful for me, especially when my age was discussed," he told German publication WAZ in a recent interview.
"I didn't want to do this to myself anymore. I wanted to quit, but my trainer helped me a lot, he supported me. I could forget everything on the pitch."
Youssoufa Moukoko back when he was 12 years old, winning trophies from day pic.twitter.com/c400tjUe65- Rising Ballers (@RisingBallers_) August 1, 2021
The confident 16-year-old is now keen to improve on last season's numbers and break even more records.
"I want to accumulate more minutes than in my first season, score more goals, make more assists. I always want to be there when the team needs me.
"Of course it's going to be difficult. But I have to be confident in my abilities. I need playing time. I'm sure I will have more playing time."
It's safe to say the youngster doesn't lack any confidence on the pitch.
I love Moukoko :sob::joy:- :bee: (@Fs_BVB) July 30, 2021
Mans trying to be Messi at 16 pic.twitter.com/CTojiIoR0U
Moukoko took to Instagram to thank the Barcelona forward for sending a personalised picture to the Dortmund training ground.
He posted: "Oh my god! Got this as a gift from my idol. Many thanks, Leo Messi. Thanks for all your birthday wishes."
Featured Image Credit: Rising Ballers/Twitter - PA
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