Finally driving a motorbike, going to the disco by midnight, pulling in the favorite blockbuster from the age of 16, more pocket money or the first little teaching earnings – young people look forward to this after their 16th birthday. Or, as is the case with BVB youngster Youssoufa Moukoko: the very first Bundesliga appearance!
Only: As far as the financial side of the 15-year-old is concerned, he doesn’t have to worry much before his debut.
The “Bild” does the math: Moukoko already receives the equivalent of around 380,000 francs per year from BVB. An insane sum for a young player!
Before that, there was already a long-term equipment deal with Nike, in which the signing of the contract alone brought in more than a million francs in premium. And: If Moukoko continues to make such great progress, his contract in Dortmund will probably be adjusted soon.
It is possible that the contractual changes can then be compared with those of BVB buddy Giovanni Reyna (18). When he came of age, he got a raise plus a contract extension until 2024. The US boy will earn 2.7 million in the future.
Premiere against Hertha?
Moukoko’s big hour could already hit on Saturday. Because one day before, on this Friday, the mega talent will be 16 years old and is therefore eligible to play in the Bundesliga. Should Moukoko actually play against Hertha, he would become the youngest Bundesliga player of all time.
The eternal record holder Nuri Sahin would lose his title. No problem for the 32-year-old. “It makes me happy that it is one of us,” said the ex-BVB professional to the “kicker”. Sahin plays for the Turkish first division team Antalyaspor today.
“I don’t put any pressure on myself”
Moukoko looks calmly towards the whole spectacle. “I read what the media write, but I don’t put any pressure on myself,” says the Torgarant in a video on the club’s website. “I know that at some point I will definitely make my debut.”
Moukoko’s chances of making his debut on Saturday have even increased again briefly in the last few days. And not because of his achievements, no. But because of the corona chaos around his teammate Erling Haaland and his quarantine mess.
No quarantine for Haaland
Haaland should have been in quarantine for ten days because his Norwegian teammate Omar Elabdellaoui tested positive for Covid-19. At least that’s what the Norwegian Football Association intends to do. But Haaland can, contrary to the order of the Norwegian authorities, play against Hertha on Saturday. “After the player Erling Haaland arrived back in Dortmund, a detailed questioning about possible contact with another Norwegian player who tested positive could take place,” writes the Dortmund health department. According to this survey, Haaland “does not belong to category 1 (close contact). The health department did not have to issue a quarantine order. “
It was a superlative confusion with a happy ending for Haaland and BVB. Will Moukoko still appear on Saturday? Incidentally, the youngster could strike twice next week. Next Tuesday, the Champions League game against Bruges is on the program. With one use Moukoko would become the youngest player ever used in the history of the Champions League.
Whether one or two records, it would be a refreshing fairy tale in these nerve-wracking Corona times.