'Japanese Messi' Breaks Country Record
'Japanese Lionel Messi' Breaks J-League Record
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.
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."
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.
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