YouTube footballer touted for stardom at AC Milan now in Morocco’s second tier
Former YouTube wonderkid Hachim Mastour is now plying his trade in Morocco's second tier after being tipped for stardom at AC Milan.
The Italian under-16 star joined Boleta Pro 2 outfit Renaissance Zemamra in June 2022 after being club-less for 11 months. Mastour, now 24, was on the books at Serie B side Reggina but was loaned out to Carpi, in Serie C, for the second half of the 2020/21 season.
Despite netting his first professional goal in a 5-1 defeat against Sambenedettese, Mastour failed to complete 90 minutes of football during his five-month loan stint.
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Suffering a biceps femoris muscle injury in March, the midfielder was ruled out of their final nine fixtures of the season. However, Carpi were excluded from the entirety of Italian football due to unpaid taxes and contributions between 2020 and 2021.
And while phoenix club AC Carpi entered Serie D, Mastour scrambled to secure his own future – though the one-capped Morocco international, making his debut as their youngest-ever player, failed to find a new club until finally settling down back in his homeland.
Taking the number 10 shirt at Renaissance Zemamra, the 24-year-old has suffered a sincere fall from grace after being named by The Guardian as one of the 50 best young players in the world born in 1998.
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Posting his insane on-the-ball abilities on social media, Mastour rose to prominence as a 14-year-old with Serie A giants AC Milan forking out £437,000 to pry him away from Reggiana. It was with Milan's Primavera side where his skilful videos flogged online forums.
Though midfield later revealed the high-profile move to the seven-time European Cup winners was probably the wrong one. "Look, I had a great time at Milan. It was a family for me," " he said in 2020.
"But maybe, in hindsight, at 14 I could have chosen a European club like Ajax, who were interested in me, and which maybe would have kept me more distant from the Italian spotlight.
"I have no regrets, my path has helped to create what I am and all the experiences have taught me something. Fortunately, I am still young and I can prove my worth."
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