Hachim Mastour – From Teen Sensation To Flop
Where did it all go wrong for Mastour?
Over the course of time, football has seen its share of starlets burst onto the scene. With every passing year, their age tends to be a bit younger as modern football leaves the door open for any youngster to prove his worth at the top level. Only a few of them rise to the occasion to become the star many assumed they would become. Others, however, fail to live up to initial hype.
Remember Milan’s teenage sensation Hachim Mastour making a name for himself on YouTube? Well, you would be surprised to learn that his contract with Milan expired on 1 July and he is a free agent now.
With giants like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter, Manchester City and Milan all showing a great interest in signing him by the age of 14, Mastour seemed destined for greatness. Hailed as one of the most promising players in the world, the Italian-born Moroccan’s agility, wonderful control and impressive tricks saw him become an internet sensation and the hype grew rapidly for a player Milan paid €500,000 to sign in 2012.
Upon arrival, he got his feet wet by training with the Primavera side, but shortly after moved in with the Allievi Nazionali due to a rule preventing any player before the age of 15 to feature for the Primavera. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be long before Hachim became a household name in the prospect world.
Soon, word got out on the internet of his special ability. YouTube became his virtual playground as his sublime dribbling and trickery spread like wildfire, becoming his claim to fame. On his 16th birthday, the Moroccan penned his first professional contract with the club. However, his time with the Milanese team was short-lived.
Unable to break into the first squad, he joined Malaga in 2015 on loan with an option to buy, but the Spanish side called it quits after one season in which he had played just five minutes of senior football. As a result, he then again went out on loan, this time at Zwolle. There goes another failure of a season, as he reaches the end of last term with only 150 minutes in 5 appearances for the Eredivisie side.
In the meantime, new Chinese owners took over Milan and the team is already aiming high after acquiring 6 new signings so far and with several other targets on the radar. It seems that the Internet sensation Mastour was not part of their plans for the future, as he has failed to live up to the expectations.
At just the age of 19, the Italian-born midfielder has gone from hero to zero with a risk of completely fading out.