15-year-old Kubo becomes J3’s youngest goal-scorer

15-year-old Kubo becomes J3’s youngest goal-scorer

FC Tokyo Under-23 striker Takefusa Kubo became the youngest player to score a goal in a J.League match on Saturday during his team’s MEIJI YASUDA J3 League match against Cerezo Osaka U-23.

Kubo’s 38th-minute goal came at 15 years, 10 months and 11 days, besting the previous J3 record held by Cerezo’s Reiya Morishita of 17 years, five months and one day.

The current J1 record of 15 years, 11 months and 28 days is held by Kawasaki Frontale’s Takayuki Morimoto, who scored his debut goal in 2004 with Tokyo Verdy.

Urawa Reds midfielder Daisuke Kikuchi holds the J2 record of 17 years, three months and 15 days, which he accomplished for Shonan Bellmare in 2008.

Fans are eagerly tracking the progress of Kubo, who joined Tokyo after spending four years on the books of FC Barcelona’s youth academy.