Takefusa Kubo (22-Japan) has been rated as the number one player in the European Football Association’s (UEFA) second-tier Spanish league.
On Sept. 18, Sociedad dropped a 1-2 away match to Real Madrid in the fifth round of the 2023-24 Spanish La Liga. Gubo played the full match at right wing for Sociedad, but did not record a goal or an assist against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid is third in the European club rankings, while Sociedad is 45th. Spanish newspaper Diario As stated, “Gubo is a great talent, but he hasn’t been able to find a team and a position that suits him. This season, the ‘Sociedad right wing’ has become Gubo himself,” praising him despite not having an attacking point.
Diario As is one of Spain’s top four sports newspapers. “He’s already a great player. Real Madrid’s Aurélien Chouameni (23-France) and Dani Carvajal (31-Spain) were also unable to defend against Sociedad’s Gubo,” the newspaper reported.
Chouameni was a back-to-back Best 11 selection in 2021-2022 for France’s Ligue 1, the fifth-ranked club in Europe at the time. Carvajal was a member of the 2014-2017 UEFA Champions League All-Star team.
“Against Real Madrid, Gubo was consistently creative for Sociedad,” said Diario As. The best player in Spanish La Liga this season.”
Gubo won seven of the 10 contests with Real Madrid, excluding aerial balls. Of his five attempts, he completed three dribbles. He used his individual prowess to create four key passes, including two crucial scoring chances.
His kicking ability, with a 50% success rate on crosses (2/4), and his defense, with two interceptions, are also worthy of praise. “An in-form Gervo gave Real Madrid nightmares,” said another of Spain’s top four sports newspapers, Marca.
“Sociedad’s Gubo’s single-handed performance against Real Madrid was (no exaggeration) seriously spectacular. His skill with the ball is very good. He has the will to do something, consistency (without ups and downs) and efficiency.”
Real Madrid sold 100% ownership of Gubo, who they signed in 2019, to Sociedad in the summer of 2022 for a fee of €6.5 million. However, they have a 50 percent stake in his next transfer fee, allowing them to bring him back if they wish. 스포츠토토
According to Marca, “Gubo, who never made his official Real Madrid debut, is learning to be a threat at Sociedad and is developing into a team player. He is gaining the quality (to be an ace),” the Spanish publication told its readers.
Sociedad signed Gubo through the 2026-27 season, agreeing to a buyout clause that gives them “the right of first refusal if a club offers €60 million ($84.8 billion) for the player.