Borussia Dortmund prodigy Youssoufa Moukoko: "I want to win the Ballon d'Or"
Youssoufa Moukoko may only be 14, but the promising Borussia Dortmund forward has grand designs for his future, boldly stating: "I want to win the Ballon d'Or."
Moukoko first attracted attention in October 2017 when, at the age of 12, he scored twice to salvage a 4-4 draw against Schalke.
BVB's U17s went on to win the B-Junioren Bundesliga West with Moukoko also scoring against Bayern Munich in the final, and his clinical streak has seen him net 22 goals in just 12 outings with his club's U17 side this season.
Having scored three goals in four games for Germany's U16s, Moukoko declined a recent call up to Die Mannschaft's U17s, but it was not for a lack of ambition, if his first interview, with SportBild, is anything to go by.
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"Coming from St. Pauli to Dortmund [Moukoko swapped Hamburg for North Rhine-Westphalia in July 2017] was a huge step," he said. "In The U15s, we had a coach who not only praised us. He knew we could do more.
"But If I'm honest, my goal is to become a professional with Dortmund, win the Champions League with Borussia and to win the Ballon d'Or."
Dortmund have been careful to temper expectations surrounding the player, with academy coach and former graduate Lars Ricken urging caution last summer. "He's only allowed to play with the pros when he turns 17," he said. "So, we stay calm for now and don't forget that when we judge his performances."