Former FC Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’s has urged his former club to target one of the game’s most promising stars, Youssoufa Moukoko as a long-term replacement for Lionel Messi.
The 15-year-old has been included in Borussia Dortmund’s squad for this season’s UEFA Champions League and could make his senior team league debut in November when he turns 16.
Moukoko has been making headlines since bursting into the scene with Dortmund’s youth teams where he has been banging goals for fun in the last two seasons.
However, Moukoko will still have to wait until November to play any Champions League game as well, but Eto’o is convinced the wonderkid is the perfect replacement for the Argentinian when he does hang up his boots.
“There’s a young player who plays for Dortmund called Youssoufa Moukoko,” Eto’s told Goal.com.
“He is 15 years of age, and he is the next top player, for me, after Messi,” added the two-time AFCON winner.
Eto’o believes that Moukoko could form a dream post-Messi front three alongside French duo Antoine Griezmann and current Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) attacker Kylian Mbappe, who is another player he’d love to see move to the Camp Nou.
“As Messi gets older, we could prepare the future of Barcelona very well. With Antoine and Youssoufa [up front together], that team would go forward very well, I’d like to see Kylian Mbappe at Barcelona also,” said the former Cameroon captain.
Having made his debut at the age of 14 Moukoko already holds the record for being the youngest player to play and score in the UEFA Youth League with Dortmund.
The attacker has hit over 137 career goals in less than 100 appearances for the club’s youth sides which has prompted coach Lucian Favre to immediately promote him to the first team.
Dortmund is known for nurturing young talented footballers and it is indeed a good platform for Moukoko to shine before the big guns like Barcelona start sniffing around for his signature.
Eto’o is no stranger to success having won the UEFA Champions League, the league and a few domestic trophies with Barcelona and later repeated the same feat while at Inter Milan.
The 39-year-old has also won two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments with Cameroon in 2000 and 2002.
By Prince Sobayeni