Erling Haaland hails “biggest talent in the world right now” after Golden Boy award win
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Erling Haaland thinks his 16-year-old Borussia Dortmund teammate Youssoufa Moukoko is the "biggest talent in the world right now" after the teenager made his senior debut on Saturday.
Moukoko, who was born in Cameroon but his represented Germany at both under-16 and under-20 levels, became the youngest player in Bundesliga history when he replaced Haaland in the 85th minute of Dortmund's 5-2 win at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
A 16 years and one day old, Moukoko smashed the record of 16 years and 334 days which had been held by the former Dortmund, Real Madrid and Liverpool midfielder Nuri Sahin, with his appearance coming after months of hype in Germany over just when he would make his bow.
Haaland thinks Moukoko is destined for big things
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Haaland, 20, has had a memorable week of his own, picking up the Golden Boy award for the best young player in Europe and celebrating that by hitting four goals in the win over Hertha, which sees Dortmund sitting one point behind league leaders Bayern Munich.
When asked about Moukoko after the game, Haaland – who knows about making an impact at a young age – said the teenager has the world at his feet.
"I think he’s the biggest talent in the world right now," he told ESPN.
Moukoko became the youngest player in Bundesliga history
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"Sixteen years and one day, that’s quite amazing. He has a big career ahead of him."
Haaland was then pressed on his own achievements, adding: “I’m over 20 years, so I’m getting old now, so that’s how it is.”
The Norwegian has now netted 15 goals in 12 appearances in all competitions, and 31 in 30 since joining Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January.
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