Highest Paid Soccer Player: Christian Pulisic

Written By: CJ Gullotta

Staff Reporter

The entire world looks down upon the United States for the lack of American players in Europe. Christian Pulisic has made the move to England to change their opinions.

On January 2nd, 2019, the English Premier League team, Chelsea, bought Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for €73 million. He has became the highest paid American player to play for a top European club by beating VFL Wolfsburg's John Brooks by €53. Chelsea, although, decided to loan the “Wonder Kid” back to Dortmund until the end of the season.

A Hershey, Pennsylvania native was called up by the US Under-14 national team at the age of 13, and played in the 2013 Nike Friendlies Final, where he was scouted by the German club, Borussia Dortmund. After many goals and assists in Dortmund’s youth squads, he was called up to the first team by Thomas Tuchel, the manager at the time. He debuted on January 2nd, 2016, at 17 years old for the professional squad against FC Ingolstadt.

The American star was the youngest player to appear for the U.S. in a World Cup qualifiers match at 17 years old. He also won the U.S. Soccer’s 2016 Young Male Player of the Year. The young winger/attacking-mid has scored 9 goals for the U.S. and 10 goals in 81 games for Dortmund.

While becoming one of the youngest players to play for a top club in Europe, he faces doubt from society. Some Americans worry that at such a large price, he won’t meet the European’ expectation. They stress about the judgment U.S. soccer will receive.

Europeans are also giving off hate because they worry that an American player could take the starting spot from Alvaro Morata. The spanish striker is currently in a goal slump that is costing Chelsea €88 million. The arrival of an American youngster could potentially put the European player on the bench.

Many American soccer fans have waited a lifetime to see a native player make a name for himself in the English Premier League. Pulisic has not only made history in Europe, but has also provided hope for Americans