Meet Christian Pulisic: the 18-year-old phenom who could be the superstar that U.S. soccer needs.
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NEW YORK – Chances are that before too long American soccer will have a player valued at $100 million, and it is even more likely that player will be Christian Pulisic.
Thanks to the money madness engulfing global soccer, nine figures, once enough to get the purchaser not one but two international superstars, is now the kind of number being spent on elite prospects with a tremendous upside.
Pulisic, 18, most certainly fits into that category, given his meteoric rise with both German club Borussia Dortmund and the United States national team. Still young enough that he can’t remember a time when things were markedly different, the extraordinary fees washing through the sport don’t faze him.
“It’s all I know really, I have just started my career,” Pulisic told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday, as he prepared for Friday’s national team World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. “You see these big money amounts going around. It is just today’s game, it is how it is.
“Of course it still seems like a lot to me, it seems like a lot to everybody I would think. (But the) sums going around don’t really affect a player too much. We are all playing soccer, we all make good money and it is kind of how the world works.”
Only this week, Pulisic has seen first-hand the extent of soccer’s new reality. His good friend and Borussia Dortmund teammate Ousmane Dembele, 20, was bought by FC Barcelona for a fee of $125 million, with add-ons that could take the amount…