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Name Takefusa Kubo
Gender Male
Ethnic Japanese
Job Japanese Footballer
Desc When former Barcelona academy star Takefusa Kubo finally made his first appearance at Camp Nou, he did so as a Real Madrid-owned Mallorca player. Consequently, the Japan international was met by jeers rather than cheers, not that he minded. That is something of an understatement, as Barcelona are still smarting from the loss of the ‘Japanese Messi’, who netted his first Liga goal in a 3-1 win over Villarreal in November.


Club as Player Mallorca [Loan]
  Real Madrid

2019 06 14 Retrieve

[Kubo’s Real Madrid move a bitter blow for Barcelona! ‘Japanese Messi’ finally set to shine in Spain] I wasn’t picked to play in games. Although I wasn’t playing in games I still had to go to the matches, just watching my team-mates playing. They were winning the games but I couldn’t be totally happy. At first, I really didn’t want to come back [to Japan]. I was so used to living there and also felt comfortable in the team, so I wondered ‘why?’.

I made so many efforts to get used to living over there, and I was afraid that I had to do it all over again. However, despite my worries, I fitted into life in Japan very quickly when I was back, so that was good.

2019 06 15 Retrieve

[Real Madrid new boy Kubo proud of ‘Japanese Messi’ tag but aware he has much to prove] It’s something to be very proud of and I feel honoured but I’m not at that level yet. I want to focus on improving the skills I have now. I only need to express the way I play, nothing more

2019 07 15 Retrieve

[Former Barca youth player Kubo calls new club Real Madrid ‘the best in the world’] In Japan there is a lot of passion for Real Madrid and I am very proud to play in the best club in the world. Above all, I am struck by the quality that everyone has. The team-mates and coaches are very friendly and I have been able to adapt very well. I have to take advantage of this opportunity that they have given me but I also have to have fun because not everyone gets this opportunity. I’m learning a lot as a footballer and as a person, both on and off the field. I’m having a great time

2019 12 08 Retrieve

[Kubo says I deserve the boos from Barcelona fans] That’s the decision of the fans. I made my call and they have the right to whistle me. I think I deserve it, although there were people who also applauded me, which gave me courage. Does it hurt? No, they have to see me as a rival, not as an 18-year-old boy who plays football pretty well