Takefusa Kubo is a Japanese footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for FC Tokyo. He was born on June 4, 2001, in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. He has represented Japan’s national team at different age levels. He made his senior debut for the Japan national team in June 2019. He signed with the Spanish Club Real Madrid in June 2019.
Full name Takefusa Kubo
Date of birth 4 June 2001 (age 19)
Place of birth Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Current team Mallorca (on loan from Real Madrid)
Takefusa Kubo grew up as the only child with his family in Kawasaki. It is believed that he is from a middle-class sports-loving family. His dad Takefumi Kubo is a sports-loving man who encouraged Takefusa greatly in developing his love and talent in the game of football
At the age of seven, Takefusa Kubo started playing football for FC Persimmon, a local club based in his home city Kawasaki. In August 2009, he was awarded MVP at FC Barcelona Soccer Camp in which he participated at the age of eight. In April 2010, he was selected as a member of FC Barcelona School team and participated in Sodexo European Rusas Cup held in Belgium. He was awarded MVP even though his team finished third. After returning home, he began to play for the Kawasaki Frontale junior youth team
In August 2011, Takefusa Kubo had been invited to join FC Barcelona’s youth academy, La Masia, after passing the trial. He began to play for Barca Aleví C (U11). During his first full season (2012–13), he was the top goalscorer in the league with 74 goals in 30 games
Consequently, in his third full season (2014–15), he was promoted to Barca Infantil A (U14). But the Spanish club was later found to have violated FIFA’s international transfer policy for under-18 youths, making Kubo ineligible to play for the club. He returned to Japan on March 2015 in search of playing time, signing with FC Tokyo’s junior youth team
Takefusa Kubo joined FC Tokyo U-18 team in 2016. In September 2016, he was promoted to the senior side at the age of fifteen. On 5 November, he made his formal debut for the reserve team in the J3 League as a halftime sub for the match against AC Nagano Parceiro. He made his professional debut at the J.League record of 15 years, 5 months and one day.
Also, on 15 April 2017 Kubo became the youngest player to score in the J.League at 15 years, 10 months in a 1–0 win over Cerezo Osaka U-23. On 3 May, he top-flight debuted for the first-team in J.League YBC Levain Cup playing 25 minutes in a 1–0 win against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo. In November 2017, FC Tokyo announced an update to Kubo’s contract improving it to pay him as a first-team member.
Yokohama F. Marinos (loan)
On 16 August 2018, he joined Yokohama F. Marinos on a half-year loan. He immediately scored on his debut with Marinos in an away game against Vissel Kobe.
From the start of the 2019 season, Kubo became a regular starter for FC Tokyo in both the J.League YBC Levain Cup and J.League scoring goals in both competitions.
On 14 June 2019, Kubo signed with the Spanish club Real Madrid on a five-year deal. Although registered with the U-19 team, he had been expected to play mainly with Real Madrid B for the 2019–20 season. However, he featured regularly with the first team during Real Madrid’s pre-season tour of the United States and Germany.
On 22 August 2019, Kubo joined RCD Mallorca on a season-long loan. He has become the third Japanese player in Mallorca’s history after Yoshito Okubo and Akihiro Ienaga.
On 1st September, he made his La Liga debut playing 15 minutes in a 2–0 loss to Valencia. He becomes the youngest Japanese player in Top 4 European Leagues history that has played in a match with a record of 18 years, 2 months, and 28 days.
Because of his consistent performance, he scored his first goal on November 10, 2019, against Villareal in a 3–1 victory. He later scored his second goal in an entertaining 3–3 draw to Real Betis on February 21, 2020.
Takefusa Kubo has been involved in Japan national teams from U-15 to senior level.At the age of fifteen, he was selected to the Japan U-20 national team for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Shortly before turning eighteen, he was named in the squad for the 2019 Copa América, which marked his first call up to the senior squad. He played his first match for Japan on June 9, 2019, in a friendly against El Salvador, as a 67th-minute substitute for Takumi Minamino.
Yokohama F. Marinos
Runner-up J.League Cup 2018
Representing Japan in AFC U-19 Championship
No serious controversies have been revealed of him and his career. On December 7, 2019, during a 5-2 away loss to FC Barcelona at Camp Nou, Takefusa Kubo was constantly boobed by Barca fans anytime he touched the ball. The fans are disappointed at his decision to play for Real Madrid instead of Barcelona.
Because Kubo was one of the most exciting talents at Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy before he was forced to return to Japan, as the Catalans were found to have breached international transfer regulations in signing him.
He was expected to return to the club after turning 18 but shocked everyone by opting to sign with hated rivals Real. When asked how he felt after the match, Takefusa Kubo said the Camp Nou boos directed at him did not hurt, adding that he deserved the jeers from fans after signing for rivals Real Madrid
Takefusa Kubo keeps his personal and love life private. Nothing is known of his private life.
Net Worth and annual salary
Well, as you know the transfer amount of professional soccer players is always higher than other sports. Since Takefusa Kubo is recently transferred from the FC Tokyo to Real Madrid and the transfer amount is around $2.25 million.
Furthermore, the professional soccer player has a total estimated net worth of over $5 million. It is obvious for him to have such a huge net worth as he is playing professionally for a long time. In addition to this, he has signed a five year deal with Madrid and he will receive a salary of around $1.125 million annually.