Former viral soccer star Hachim Mastour signs for Moroccan second division side at 24


Hachim Mastour, who has already been hailed as “the best 14-year-old footballer in the world”, signs for the Moroccan second division team at 24… after spending his youth career at AC Milan and achieving rounds with Neymar

  • Hachim Mastour will play for Moroccan second division team Renaissance Zemamra
  • The midfielder has already been hailed as ‘the best 14-year-old footballer in the world’
  • Mastour was on the youth books at AC Milan, but had been a free agent since last year

Former teenage YouTube sensation and AC Milan youngster Hachim Mastour signed for a Moroccan second-division side at the age of 24.

Renaissance Club Athletic Zemamra, also known as Nadhat Zemamra, has confirmed the signing of the infamous attacking midfielder on their official Twitter Account.

In 2012, he was called “the best 14-year-old footballer in the world” by Goal, in a YouTube video seen by nearly six million people. However, the Italian-born freestyler failed to live up to the hype surrounding him.

Renaissance Zemamra has confirmed the signing of former prodigy Hachim Mastour

Goal had already revealed Mastour’s difficult journey in the world of football, which saw him play in five different countries with very few results.

He has been 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 at the age of 14 from Reggiana, beating rival youth sides Barcelona, ​​Manchester City and Real Madrid. He was named on the first-team bench a year later but never played for the Italian giants.

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

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

Mastour, who also starred in a freestyle video alongside Neymar, made his international debut for Morocco aged just 16, opting to play for the North African nation due to his parents’ nationality.

However, he only played one minute of an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in June 2015 and hasn’t played for the national team since.

Not everyone approved of her stylish tips and viral videos. In 2018, Sportsmail reported that Mastour had been 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 with Dutch side Zwolle, before being released by AC Milan in 2018. He joined Greek side Lamia before returning to Reggina, where he started his career.

Mastour, here aged just 15, was part of AC Milan's roster until his release in 2018

Mastour, here aged just 15, was part of AC Milan’s roster until his release in 2018

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

Sportbible revealed last summer that he was without a club after being released by Reggina. It is only now that his plan to become Renaissance Zemamra has come to fruition.

The club finished fourth in this season’s Botola Pro 2 Inwi, which means they will continue to be second in Morocco when the next campaign begins this summer.

It remains to be seen whether the Stade Muncipal de Zemamra will become the stadium where Mastour’s early hype will finally materialize on the professional stage.

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