15-year-old prodigy Youssoufa Moukoko responds to racism with a hat-trick

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15-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko shows enormous potential under the colors of Borussia Dortmund. The striker, Cameroonian of origin, signed another superb performance Sunday, October 18, scoring three goals with the Under-19s against Schalke 04 (3-2). But in Germany, the racist insults and threats he was subjected to provoke outrage.

Despite his young age, he has been heralded as an emerging phenomenon for a few years now. And it is not his last performances that will calm the most enthusiastic. Youssoufa Moukoko, 15 years and 11 months (he will celebrate his 16th birthday on November 20), has just scored his third hat-trick in three games with the Under-19 team of Borussia Dortmund, Germany.

After SV Wehen Weisbaden in the cup and Preußen Münster in the league, the striker put it back on Sunday 18 October, still in the league, and not in any game: against the under-19s of Schalke 04, the local rival of the Borussia, and more outside. His new hat-trick allowed BVB to win this derby (3-2).

“I am proud to be born with this color of skin and I will always be proud of it”

While in power, Youssoufa Moukouko has once again demonstrated his qualities that make him one of the most followed young people in Europe. Images of his triple quickly made the rounds on social media. But his Sunday performance was marred by a much less brilliant controversy, provoked by spectators. The teenager was taken apart by supporters of Schalke 04, who threatened him ” break bones And hurled racist insults at him.

Behaviors that prompted Schalke 04 to take a stand shortly after. On social networks, the club has logically put aside the rivalry between it and Borussia to defend Youssoufa Moukouko. Schalke 04 thanks the player for reporting the reprehensible facts that happened and apologizes to him: ” We condemn such insults in the strongest possible way and expressly reject them. We will take the necessary measures. »

On Instagram, the Dortmund player also reacted. ” I am proud to be born with this skin color and I will always be proud of it He wrote in a story, adding the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

The prodigy soon in the big leagues

In December 2019, another match of young professional teams had provoked a lively controversy against a background of racism. The under-16s of Hertha Berlin had left the field and refused to end their match against VfB Auerbach 1906 (when they were leading 2-0), to denounce the racist insults uttered by some of their opponents.

Youssoufa Moukoko’s mishap did not give rise to such a reaction. But the young talent was not impressed so far. According to testimonies, the racist slurs against him started after his second goal. They did not prevent him from registering a third, that of victory, with a big strike launched 25 meters away from the cage.

Born in Yaoundé in 2004, arrived in Germany at the age of 10, Youssoufa Moukoko is already playing with the youth teams of the German selections. And he also trains with the professional squad of Borussia Dortmund. Because he is not yet 16, he is not allowed to play with the first team in official competition (hence his presence with the Under 19s).

But it should not be long, because Borussia has included him on their list of players who will play in the Champions League. After his birthday, on November 20, Youssoufa Moukouko will be able to play in the Bundesliga as well as in the Champions League. He could well become the youngest player in C1 history this winter and erase the previous record set in 1994 by Nigerian Celestine Babayaro, who was 16 years and 86 days old when he played for Belgian club Anderlecht.


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