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Real Madrid sign nine-year-old Japanese sensation

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Remember when we brought you the tale of the 11-year-old 'Japanese Messi' who had signed for Barcelona?

Well, Real Madrid clearly took note of the deal for prodigy Takefusa Kubo, as this week they answered back at their Catalan rivals by recruiting their own kid genius from Japan.

Takuhiro Nakai has signed for the nine-time European Cup winners from Shiga Prefecture and we've tracked down this video to give you a sense of his ability.

A TV star from the age of seven in his home country thanks to his dazzling array of skills, perhaps the kid nicknamed 'Pipi' will earn a reputation as the 'Japanese Ronaldo' if he carries on impressing in Madrid.

Early Doors can only imagine the viewing figures in Japan if, in 15 years, we see Kubo and Nakai facing off in a Liga Clasico...

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