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Video: Barcelona's 'Japanese Messi' scores six goals in one game

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Barcelona youngster Takefusa Kubo - heralded as Japan's answer to Lionel Messi - has provided more compelling evidence that his burgeoning reputation as a worldwide star of the future is founded, after he scored six goals in one youth team game.

The 12-year-old striker, who was plucked from Asia as a young kid, and became the first Japanese player to sign for Barcelona at the back end of 2011, has mesmerised football scouts and coaches alike, following a series of scintillating performances for the Catalan club's La Masia academy.

Kubo is not the first Asian starlet to make an impression with the Spanish giants, though, with Seung Woo Lee - two years his senior at 14 - familiarly labelled the 'Korean Messi', after some similarly impressive and equally exciting displays.

Seung's recent four-goal haul in Barca's 7-0 thrashing of Tortosa has been superseded by Kubo's sensational double hat-trick, brought to our attention by our friends at 101greatgoals.com.

Enjoy Kubo's individual highlights in the video above, and leave a message in the comment box below!

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