Moukoko broke the record set by Dortmund Nuri Sahin by making his debut at the age of 16 months, 11 months and Dortmund against Wolfsburg in August 2006. Bundesliga rules allow players to play from the age of 16.
Moukoko, who regularly plays in the teens, has impressed his team-mates since attending the first team training session, with Haaland – who scored four goals against Hertha Berlin – calling him “the greatest talent in the world” after Saturday’s game.
“I think he has the greatest talent in the world right now. He is 16 years old and one day it was amazing. He had a big career before him.
Moukoko could also become the Champions League’s youngest player on November 24 if he faces Club Bruges. The record is currently held by Céléstine Babayaro, who was 16 years and 87 days old when he played for Anderlecht in the group stage competition of the 1994/1995 season.
He has been a favorite for the Dortmund junior team, scoring 141 goals in 88 games, including 13 in just four of the club’s U19 appearances this season.
Having seen his former teammates on TV – or playing in FIFA video games at Dortmund’s youth venue – next to Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland – is shocking.
“The first time I came here I made a video because I will never experience another day,” Moukoko told Borussia Dortmund television. “I can say: ‘Now I’m on the first team and it’s a dream.
“It was amazing. I got home and I still could not shake my head. I was happy to train, but then I realized it was what I wanted to do. I’m here and I want to do my best.”
Dortmund manager Lucien Favre praised Moukoko for his hard work in his brief time with the first team.
“He’s wet, very wet. We have a lot of fighters, who do not play today.”