Hachim Mastour, once hailed as ‘the best 14-year-old footballer in the world’, joins the Moroccan second division club at the age of 24… after spending his youth career at AC Milan and showing tricks with Neymar
- Hachim Mastour will play for the Moroccan second division club 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, signed for a Moroccan second division club at the age of 24.
Renaissance Club Athletic Zemamra, also known as Nadhat Zemamra, have confirmed the signing of the infamous attacking midfielder on her official Twitter Account.
In 2012, Goal named him “the best 14-year-old footballer in the world” in a YouTube video that was viewed by almost six million people. However, the Italian-born freestyler couldn’t live up to the early hype surrounding him.
Renaissance Zemamra has confirmed the signing of former prodigy Hachim Mastour
Goal previously detailed Mastour’s difficult journey through the football world, playing in five different countries and having very little to show for it.
He has been dubbed a star of the future after a video of his scoring chances at the Ielasi Memorial youth tournament went viral.
Acquiring his services from Reggiana as a 14-year-old, AC Milan beat rival youth sides Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid. He was called up to the first-team bench a year later but never played for the Italian giants.
At the peak of his early viral fame, Mastour starred alongside Neymar in a Skills video
Mastour, who also starred in a freestyle video alongside Neymar, made his international debut for Morocco aged just 16, choosing the North African nation due to his parents’ nationality.
However, he played just one minute in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in June 2015 and has not played for the national team since.
Not everyone agreed with 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 his loan spells in Spain with Malaga and with Dutch club Zwolle before being sacked by AC Milan in 2018. He joined Greek club Lamia before returning to Reggina where he started his career.
Mastour, just 15 years old here, was part of the AC Milan team until his sacking in 2018
Mastour scored his first professional goal in January 2021 in a 5-1 loss while on loan to Capri in Italy’s Serie C.
Sportbible announced last summer that he was without a club after being sacked by Reggina. Only now has his plan to showcase Zemamra for Renaissance come to fruition.
The club finished fourth in the Botola Pro 2 Inwi this season, meaning they will continue to play in Morocco’s second tier when next season starts this summer.
It remains to be seen if Zemamra’s Stade Muncipal will be the stadium where Mastour’s early hype will finally resonate well on the pro stage.