Original title: Mukoko, the rule changer! 124 goals in 77 games or the Champions League record
In the middle of this week, the Champions League war reignited, and the Bundesliga giant Dortmund will also start the new season's Champions League journey. Although Dortmund Mukoko was not selected for the Champions League entry B list, Mukoko, who turns 16 next month, will meet the registration requirements. Once he represents Dort in the UEFA Champions League team with Bruges on November 24 In the game, Mukoko will also become the youngest player in the history of the Champions League. Recently, the British media "The Sun" also revealed the secret of Mukoko, and popularized the goal machine born in 2004 to fans.
According to the previous rules of the Bundesliga, the minimum allowed to participate in the league is 16 and a half years old, but in view of Mukoko's outstanding talent, the Bundesliga has also specifically changed the registration rules for this purpose. Players who have reached the age of 16 can register for matches in the Bundesliga. This also means that Mukoko, who was born on November 20, 2004, will have the qualifications to register to play in the Bundesliga after the 20th of next month. It needs to be pointed out that, in order to better adapt to the first team, Mukoko has also been training with Dortmund's first team.
In the history of Dortmund, the youngest player to play in the Bundesliga is Shaheen. This was created in the Bundesliga in 2005. At the time Shaheen, who was 16 years old, 11 months and 1 day, got the chance to make his debut in Dortmund. He also set a record in Dortmund's team history.
Once Mukoko plays next month, he will definitely set the record for the youngest first team in Dortmund's history. In addition, compared with Shaheen, Mukoko has obviously received more attention. In 2019, Mukoko's worth was estimated to be 9 million pounds, ranking among the top players of the same age group. Not only that, the famous Nike company also signed a ten-year sponsorship contract with Mukoko, which is enough to show Nike's recognition of Mukoko's talent.
Mukoko has been a scoring machine since he was a child. At the age of 14, Mukoko played for the Dortmund U17 team and was also a German U16 player. Despite his young age, Mukoko scored 90 goals in 57 U17 games. He then scored 34 goals in 20 games for the Dortmund U19 team.
Regarding Mukoko’s scoring talent, the club legend Ricken, who once won the Champions League for Dortmund, said to the German media "Bild": "He scored a lot of goals. He is very curious about everything. Desire to succeed, he has been playing hard, always smiling, he is different."
Mukoko scores many goals and has strong abilities, so there are many doubts about his age. Dort internally also has age guesses about Mukoko. Pruss, a Dort insider, said: "Because it is too good, many people To speculate on Mukoko’s age, maybe he is one to two years older than the actual age, but what is certain is that he is definitely not 17 years old. This boy has not cheated and he has no place to blame."
But Mukoko’s father Joseph has always insisted that his son’s age is correct, and that his son should not be questioned because of his age: “His age is absolutely correct. After he was born, we went to the German consulate for the age. Register and we have a German birth certificate. For me, his football talent is not a miracle. I played even better when I was young."
Dortmund has a rich history and heritage of transporting talents, and Dortmund is always willing to send first-class youth players to the first team. The most impressive thing is Pulisic, who is currently playing at Chelsea. This player was promoted in 2016. Later, young players such as Harland and Sancho were also masterpieces of Dortmund's bold use of young people. . Dortmund’s sports director Zolk said of Mukoko in November last year: “He is an outstanding player and we hope he learns how to train and compete with the senior team.”