Moise Kean – The Juventus starlet who breaks records as a hobby

Juventus v Empoli - Serie A
TURIN, ITALY - MARCH 30: Moise Keane of Juventus holds off the challenged by Ismael Bennacer of Empoli during the Serie A match between Juventus and Empoli at Allianz Stadium on March 30, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Moise Kean scored the winner for Juventus against Empoli on Saturday, after previously impressing for Italy during the latest international break.

Moise Kean joined the Juventus Youth Academy at the age of 10 and played through different age categories for the club.

His record in the youth categories was impressive. He netted 29 times in 36 games for the Juventus U-17 side and noted 12 goals and five assists in his 20 games for Juventus Primavera.

That was enough to convince the Juve head coach Max Allegri to call him with the senior team in November 2016.

Kean made his professional debut on 19 November 2016 against Pescara, becoming the first player born after 2000 to play in one of Europe’s five major leagues.

Three days later, the youngster became the first player born in the 2000s to feature in a UEFA Champions League match, after being substituted on in the 84th minute of a 3–1 away win over Sevilla.

Moise Kean scored his first goal for Juventus in the final matchday of the 2016-17 season against Bologna and he broke another record. He became the first player born in the 2000s to score a goal in one of Europe’s five major leagues.

In August 2017 the youngster joined Verona in a one-year loan deal. He played 20 competitive games for the club and scored four goals, before being diagnosed with a Grade III tear to the adductor in his right thigh in February 2018 – an injury which kept him away from the football grounds until the end of the season.

However, Kean has recovered on time for the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in July last summer.

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He scored four goals in the competition, including two in the final against Portugal. Unfortunately, his two goals weren’t enough for Italy, as they lost the game 4-3 after the extra-time.

His impressive development has continued over the 2018-19 season. The teenager has played eight games for Juventus, noting four goals and one assist.

Back in November 2018, Kean has made history for the Italian national team by becoming the first player born after 2000 to represent the Azzurri.

He broke another record during the latest international break as he scored his debut goal against Finland and became the youngest player to find the back of the net in a competitive game for Italy.

Will Kean ever stop breaking records for his club and country? – He says NO.

“More than being happy, I find it extra motivation to keep working hard,” Kean said via Football Italia. “There are many more records for me to beat and I intend to beat them.

“I always try to be ready and train regularly so that I’m prepared when the time comes. When I got the call, I was fired up, excited, happy, eager to show what I could do.

“Obviously, training alongside my team-mates at Juventus, including Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s impossible not to learn every day.”

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