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Former viral football star Hachim Mastour signs for Moroccan second tier side aged 24

Hachim Mastour, once hailed as ‘the best 14-year-old footballer in the world’, signs for Moroccan second division at age 24… after spending his youth career at AC Milan performing tricks with Neymar

  • Hachim Mastour to play for Moroccan second-rate side Renaissance Zemamra
  • The midfielder was once hailed as ‘the best 14-year-old footballer in the world’
  • Mastour was in the youth books at AC Milan, but has been a free agent since last year

Hachim Mastour, a former teenage YouTube sensation and AC Milan youth player, has signed for a 24-year-old Moroccan second division.

Renaissance Club Athletic Zemamra aka Nadhat Zemamra confirmed the signing of the infamous attacking midfielder on their official Twitter account.

In 2012, he was named ‘the best 14-year-old footballer in the world’ by Goal by Goal YouTube video seen by nearly six million people† However, the Italian-born freestyler has failed to live up to the early hype surrounding him.

Renaissance Zemamra has the signing of former child prodigy Hachim Mastour.  confirmed

Renaissance Zemamra has the signing of former child prodigy Hachim Mastour. confirmed

Target was previously revealed Mastour’s difficult path through the football world, which has seen him play in five different countries with very little to show for it.

He was tipped as a future star after a video of his scoring ability at the Ielasi Memorial youth tournament went viral.

AC Milan acquired his services as a 14-year-old from Reggiana, beating rival youth teams from Barcelona, ​​Manchester City and Real Madrid. He was named to the first-team bench a year later, but never played for the Italian giants.

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At the height of his early viral fame, Mastour appeared alongside Neymar.  in a skills video

At the height of his early viral fame, Mastour appeared alongside Neymar. in a skills video

Mastour, who was also featured in a freestyle video alongside Neymar, made his international debut for Morocco when he was just 16 and chose to play for the North African country due to his parents’ nationality.

However, he only played one minute of an African Cup of Nations qualifier in June 2015, and has not played for the national team since.

Not everyone approved of his stylish tricks and viral videos. In 2018, Sportsmail reported that Mastour was threatened with abuse by former AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso for uploading clips of his freestyle skills online.

He also struggled during loan spells in Spain with Malaga and Dutch Zwolle, before being released by AC Milan in 2018. He joined the Greek Lamia before returning to Reggina, where he started his career.

Mastour, just 15 years old here, was part of AC Milan's setup until his release in 2018

Mastour, just 15 years old here, was part of AC Milan’s setup until his release in 2018

Mastour scored his first professional goal in January 2021 in a 5-1 defeat while on loan to Capri in Italy’s Serie C.

Sportbible unveiled last summer that he was without a club after being released by Reggina. Only now has his plan to come out for Renaissance Zemamra become a reality.

The club finished fourth in the Botola Pro 2 Inwi this season, meaning they will remain in Morocco’s second tier when the next season starts this summer.

It remains to be seen if Zemamra’s Stade Muncipal will become the stadium where Mastour’s early hype will finally come to fruition on the professional stage.

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