By Alex Jones
15-year-old Hachim Mastour could become one of the youngest ever professional sports stars if AC Milan succeed in their effort to play the Moroccan wonderkid.
Under current rules no one under the age of 16 is allowed to play in Serie A but AC Milan has approached league officials to grant them special dispensation.
Mastour, who turns 16 in June, has already drawn comparisons to Messi, Zidane and Riquelme for his wondrous performances at youth level for the Rossoneri.
But is this all just too much too soon?
Many a prodigious talent has fallen into the pitfalls of hype when blooded in their late teens let alone at 15.
It’s hard not to draw comparisons to American ‘wonderkid’ Freddy Adu who made his professional debut aged just 14 and had millions of dollars thrown at him in sponsorship deals. Adu has since faded quicker than Macaulay Culkin’s career. So much so that the 23-year-old now struggles to make it into Philadelphia Union’s team.
Such rules, that AC are trying to bend, are placed there to protect youngsters like Hachim Mastour but we will have wait to see if 15 is the new 16.
There is no doubting his talent. Check him out….
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