Real Madrid have announced the signing of Takefusa Kubo dubbed as 'Japanese Messi' from FC Tokyo and former Barcelona youngster.
Real Madrid have been investing big this summer signing top players such as Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic and recently Ferland Mendy but now they made another surprising signing by snatching the Japanese wonderkid Takefusa Kubo who used to play in La Masia.
Takefusa Kubo, 18, was one of the youngest of the youth players that FIFA ruled were signed illegally by Barcelona, which led to the club’s transfer ban in 2014. The thing that drove Barcelona into a corner and had no option but to let those youngsters go get some minutes of play in other clubs which indeed happened with Kubo, he joined FC Tokyo and he debuted for the Under-23s in Japan’s third tier when he was only 15 which made him the youngest player to ever play in the J. League. He made his senior debut for FC Tokyo just a year later and already has 24 league appearances and five goals to his name in the top tier of Japanese soccer.
Reports say that Barcelona indeed tried to get him back but his waging demands stood in the way for the deal to be completed which made other big clubs like Real Madrid and PSG make him an important target and in the end, Real Madrid could convince the player and signed him.
Kubo will join Real Madrid Castilla at first, but if he keeps developing and reaches his potential then he may be able to join the first team like Vinicius Junior did who is in the same age as him.