Gaku Shibasaki has signed on loan with CD Tenerife, a club currently playing in La Liga 123, the Spanish second division. Who is Gaku Shibasaki? Most Real Madrid fans will remember him as the player who scored two goals in the final of the last FIFA Club World Cup in Japan. This forward could ‘steal’ a title for Los Blancos, but Cristiano Ronaldo avoided a huge disappointment.
Gaku Shibasaki is 24 years-old and he’s been playing at Kashima Antlers for six seasons. He also made his debut with the Japanese national team and he’s one of the best players in the country. He has played 13 games with Japan, scoring 3 goals. Shibasaki’s nickname, ‘The Japanese Messi’, might be too much for the young player, but he has certainly some skills. Now the Spanish club Tenerife has got a loan deal for the striker, so we can see him playing in La Liga 123.
Shibasaki made a huge impact in the FIFA Club World Cup final. Most people thought that Los Blancos were going to thrash Kashima Antlers. And it looked that way when Karim Benzema scored the opener in the 9th minute. However, Kashima fought back and Shibasaki scored a brace. The miracle for the Japanese team was possible, but Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to bring another trophy to Madrid.
Shibasaki stunning performance at the FIFA Clubs World Cup called the attention of many clubs. Tenerife were quick enough to get a deal with Kashima Antlers and he will be a good signing for a push in the last months of the competition. Tenerife are currently in the sixth position of the table in La Liga 123 and they are fighting to get promoted to La Liga Santander. Now they are in play-off position, so the dream is still possible, more enough if they improve their squad with top players like Shibasaki.