Kubo and what could have been

«Someday I would like to play here», confessed to Óscar Hernández a little Japanese boy of just eleven years old while touring the ins and outs of Camp Nou. The coach of the Barça quarry was not surprised by the statements of a boy who had just amazed everyone in his first season at the Alevín C of the Barca club. With 74 goals in 30 games that Japanese boy was a show and in La Masía they kept rubbing their hands. «It is the jewel of the quarry», said managers and employees of the club.

Today, seven years later, that boy who made mischief with the ball, next to Ansu Fati, is 18 years old, is called Takefusa Kubo and unfortunately for the Catalans fans, he doesn't play for Barça. «He was a player who could not escape, very clearly », has a mixture of resignation and sadness Óscar Hernández, his discoverer and that tonight he will see Kubo play in the Barça stadium with the Mallorca shirt.

Assigned by Real Madrid last summer to the Balearic team, Take, as he likes to be called, returns to what could have been his home. «He spent four years at La Masía, I think he is excited to play in the field of the first team. In addition, you have the possibility of planting the flag of Japan in that stadium »said Vicente Moreno, his current coach.

A FIFA sanction for hiring minors removed him with 14 years of his dream and today Take, who seems to have found his place in Mallorca, will try to bitter Messi celebrating his sixth Golden Ball. "I am lucky to say that I have trained Messi," said Ernesto Valverde on the "10".

With a spectacular Castilian domain – "he speaks Spanish better than we do," his partner in Real Madrid Nacho Fernández said – it took Take off in Mallorca. With hardly any prominence, he did not start until the sixth day, now the Japanese has left behind that hesitant start in the championship. Starter in the last four games, where he has scored his first goal and distributed an assist, Take is now an unquestionable piece in Mallorca by Vicente Moreno.

Become the main threat of a team that has not yet managed to score far from Son Moix, Take will seek with its overflows and internships to turn upside down the unreliable Barca defense. Without Jordi Alba or Semedo, Valverde will again bet on Sergi Roberto and Junior on the sides. Barça wants to continue their unbeatable streak at home. Kubo, who dreamed of debuting next to Messi, will seek to do Real Madrid a favor before wearing the white shirt.


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