Champions League

The Pulisic factor

For the first time in history, Americans can truly dream of having a real world class talent at their disposal in the form of Christian Pulisic.

At the age of just 19, he has already completed 63 games, scored 10 goals and provided 14 assists during his time with Borussia Dortmund .

Those reasons are more than enough to justify the midfielder winning Tuttosport’s Golden Boy award for the best talent in the world under the age of 21.

“He’s a very good player and he has demonstrated the talent he has for many years,” said coach Peter Bosz. “He shows me that ability every week and wants to get better every day. He has a great future.”

Ousmane Dembele’s departure and Marco Reus’ injuries have given him more chances than he may have expected in Dortmund and he is an automatic first pick on the right flank, having managed three goals and an assist so far this season.

Europe’s biggest sides are already keeping a very close eye on Pulisic because besides being a future star, he is also a way of breaking into the American market.

It is a country famed for producing some of sport’s biggest stars such as Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, John McEnroe and Brett Favre but there’s yet to be a true breakout footballing icon.

Pulisic grew up watching Real Madrid and according to El Mundo, his devotion to the Galacticos side was so strong that his father even started calling him Figo, after his favourite player.

But there is no better person to define the Pennsylvania native than the man himself.

“I think I’m always in good condition athletically, I’m fast and I’m strong…” he said of his talents, while his records also do some of the talking for him.

Pulisic is the youngest foreigner to score in the Bundesliga, youngest player to score a brace in the league and is also the youngest player ever to score for the USA national team in the modern era.

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