It was in October that the world first heard the name Youssoufa Moukoko.
At the age of just 12, Moukoko became Borussia Dortmund’s newest hero by scoring a hat-trick for BVB’s Under-17s in the Revierderby against fierce local rivals Schalke 04.
Amazingly, Moukoko had already netted two hat-tricks in the B-Junioren Bundesliga West before he netted his triple in that 4-4 draw against Schalke, and he’d even struck four times in a single game -Viktoria Koln were demolished 6-1 by Dortmund two months before the Revierderby.
Moukoko playing in Dortmund Under-17s' defeat of Viktoria Koln, against whom he scored four goals
By the time of the Schalke match, Moukoko had scored a total of 17 goals in just eight matches, and he’d only failed to find the back of the net in a single fixture; Preußen Munster became the first team to deny Moukoko a goal, and Koln have since repeated the feat.
His performance in the Revierderby saw Moukoko hit the headlines, but the fame has not got to the teenager.
He has continued to score like it is going out of fashion, and, to date, he has netted 30 times in the 2017/18 B-Junioren Bundesliga West campaign – despite making only 16 appearances.
Moukoko, was born in Cameroon on 24 November 2004, but has represented Germany at youth level. In four appearances for their Under-16s he has scored three goals, proving he can cut it on the international stage despite playing against opponents up to three years his senior.
Dortmund signed Moukoko from St Pauli last year, and they look to have secured one of the most promising youth talents in world football.
Though there is no knowing whether the 13-year-old will make it at the senior level, there is no doubt he will go down in history as one of finest academy players in the history of the beautiful game.