Erling Haaland thinks his 16-year-old Borussia Dortmund teammate Youssoufa Moukoko is the “biggest talent in the world right now” after the teenager made his senior debut on Saturday.
Moukoko, who was born in Cameroon but represented Germany at both under 16 and under 20 levels, became the youngest player in Bundesliga history when he replaced Haaland in the 85th minute of Dortmund’s 5-2 win at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
At 16 years and a day, Moukoko broke the 16-year, 334-day record that had been held by former Dortmund, Real Madrid and Liverpool midfielder Nuri Sahin, with his appearance after months of hype in Germany just when he would make his bow.
Haaland, 20, spent a memorable week of his own, picking up the Golden Boy award for Europe’s best young player and celebrating it by scoring four goals in the win against Hertha, which sees Dortmund sitting one point behind leaders Bayern Munich. .
When asked about Moukoko after the game, Haaland – who knows how to make an impact at a young age – said the teenager has the world at his feet.
“I think he’s the greatest talent in the world right now,” he said ESPN.
“Sixteen years and a day, it’s really amazing. He has a great career ahead of him.”
Haaland was then pressed on his results, adding: “I’m over 20, so I’m getting old now, so that’s it.”
The Norwegian has scored 15 goals in 12 appearances in all competitions and 31 in 30 since joining Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January.
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