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VIDEO: ‘Japanese Messi’ becomes J-League’s youngest scorer

08:07 BST 17/04/2017
Takefusa Kubo Japan
The 15-year-old scored an outstanding goal to set the record, drilling into the net for a goal that would have been memorable in any circumstances

Takefusa Kubo wrote himself into the history books as he became the J-League’s youngest scorer, still a month and a half short of his 16th birthday.

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Playing for FC Tokyo’s Under-23 side in a third tier match, the youngster danced into the box before launching a powerful drive off the underside of the bar, off the opposite post and into the net. It proved to be the only goal of his side’s win against Cezero Osaka’s U23s.

At 15 years, 10 months and 11 days old, he has beaten the mark of the previous youngest marksman, who was Takayuki Morimoto.

Kubo, meanwhile, has previously trained with Barcelona’s youth team, where he earned the moniker of the ‘Japanese Messi’.