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The incredibly talented forward came off the bench to replace Erling Haaland in the 85th minute against Hertha Berlin – with the eyes of the football world on him

With his brief appearance, the German prodigy became the youngest German professional footballer of all time – only turning 16 on November 20

His debut in 5-2 victory comes after Bundesliga changed age-based eligibility rules to allow players under 16 and a half to play

And there’s every chance he could break another record, having been included in the Dortmund Champions League squad in October

The German squad will face Club Brugge on Tuesday, and if he appears he will become the youngest player in Champions League history

Moukoko’s appearance tonight was widely anticipated, and he’s been around since he was 12

Incredibly, Moukoko is so good that the Bundesliga changed his age eligibility rules to let him play

But such were the waves caused by Moukoko’s rapid rise, that that number has now been reduced to just 16

In addition, in anticipation of his debut in Germany, the live-wire striker was training with Lucien Favre’s first team

Dortmund’s original record was set by Nuri Sahin in 2005, when he made his debut at 16, 11 months and a day – before continuing to play for Real Madrid and Liverpool

The German teenager, who signed a 10-year startup deal with Nike worth £ 9million in 2019, has left observers in awe of his incredible ability at such a young age

At only 12, pre-teen Moukoko was playing for Dortmund’s Under-17s and German Under-16s

He scored an amazing 90 goals in 56 U17 games, before picking up 34 in 20 this season for U19s – despite starting the season at 14

Lars Ricken, legend of the Champions League-winning club and youth boss, spoke to German newspaper Bild about Moukoko’s rapid rise

“He has scored a lot of goals, is very curious, hungry for success, hardworking and always comes with a smile that sets him apart,” he said

But such a success quickly ran into doubts about his age, even from inside his own club

Dortmund Under-23 manager Timo Preus said: “With Youssoufa, I guess his age has only been guessed at

“Maybe he’s actually one or two years older, but he’s certainly not 17 For him it’s very difficult

However, Moukoko’s father Joseph has been forced to insist his son is the age he claims to be – even though he refuses to be caught in the tidal wave of the excitement surrounding the boy

“Immediately after his birth I registered him at the German consulate in Yaoundé We have a German birth certificate

Dortmund have a rich heritage of bleeding top class youngsters from their youth lineup to the first team

Impressive Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic burst onto the scene at the age of 17 under Thomas Tuchel in 2016

And more recently, Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Gio Reyna made fans sit down and take note of their ability

The two goals of Youssoufa Moukoko, a young 14-year-old BVB prodigy, during the U17 victory on Wednesday followed by a famous celebration ⭐️💎 picTwittercom / 2ag5LHCTFa

The German giants also spent around £ 30million on Birmingham City starlet Jude Bellingham, who himself only turned 17 in June

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said of Moukoko last November: “He is an exceptional talent and we want him to learn to train and play with adults”

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