The 'Japanese Messi' Is Set To Return To Europe - And He's Got His Sights Set On A Huge Club

The 'Japanese Messi' Is Set To Return To Europe - And He's Got His Sights Set On A Huge Club

Nicknamed "the Japanese Messi", Takefusa Kubo has expressed wishes to return to play in Europe, where he was trained at FC Barcelona. He has a club in mind, and not just any!

He will be 18 years old on June 4th. He is left-handed, fast, a good dribbler. He was born in Japan where he is international U20. And he is coveted by the big European clubs. He is Takefusa Kubo, also known as "the Japanese Messi".

According to recent rumors, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the Japanese boy, who is currently playing at FC Tokyo. But another big club is ahead of the pack: FC Barcelona.

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74 goals in 30 games

And Takefusa Kubo may well be touching down in Catalonia this summer. A club he knows well since he was trained there between 2011 and 2014. With Barça, he wreaked havoc: in U11, he scored 74 goals in 30 games!

He was then the first Japanese player ever to sign with FCB, but the club was caught by the patrol: in 2014, FIFA sanctioned Barça for transfers of minor players. Kubo was forced to return to Japan, where he immediately shone. And at age 15, he became the youngest player in history to evolve into J.League. In parallel, at just 5, he was outclassed during selections... U20 from Japan. A phenomenon that we could soon see again in Europe!

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