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World Cup German teen, a Lionel Messi in the making

Jamal Musiala
Jamal Musiala. Photo by SkySports
  • Germany’s Jamal Musialia is slowly sealing his status as the next Lionel Messi
  • The 19-year-old was instrumental in helping Hansi Flick’s team
  • Musiala’s individual achievements have once again highlighted what an exciting prospect he is

Germany’s Jamal Musiala is slowly sealing his status as the next Lionel Messi, as evidenced by Germany vs Spain match.

The 19-year-old was instrumental in helping Hansi Flick’s team earn an important point on Sunday in the 1-1 draw with the Spaniards.

Musiala’s individual achievements have once again highlighted what an exciting prospect he is. That’s despite the four-time world champions’ lacklustre tournament performances.


The offensive midfielder for Bayern Munich, spent a large portion of his boyhood in England. But he chose to represent his native country in the Qatar World Cup. He is a bright spot for Germany in the Qatar World Cup.

Bottom of Group E on one point, they now need to beat Costa Rica on Thursday and hope leaders Spain defeat Japan to avoid a second consecutive group-stage World Cup exit.

Jamal Musiala

Jamal Musiala. Photo by Eduzim


Due to his juvenile appearance, Musiala’s Bayern teammates nicknamed him “Bambi,”. Surprisingly, Musiala is impeccable and delivers beyond his age when he’s on the field.

Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus says Jamal Musiala is key to their hopes now and in years to come. He notes that the teenager can be the Messi of the future because he is excellent.

Matthaus, a World Cup winner in 1990, told BBC Sport that he is intrigued by his style of football for the last two years. The veteran footballer also likes Musiala’s personality, which is what makes him a great player.

“He can be the Messi of the future, he is excellent. He is 19 years old and doing the things that will make him a top footballer. He has great passing, he is clever with his thinking, and he loves football.

“Musiala can be the next Messi because when Messi was 17, 18 years old, I met him for the first time when he played against Hungary [the team Matthaus managed then], and he got sent off after 40 seconds,” he explained.


On Sunday, Jamal Musiala displayed great stats. He won seven ground duels, completing 100% of his crosses and another 84% of his passes. He made three crucial passes and assists to Niclas Fullkrug’s late equaliser.

Due to his participation in Euro 2020, Musiala is already the youngest goal scorer for Bayern Munich. Further, he is the second-youngest goal scorer for Germany and the youngest player to represent Germany at a major event.


Jamal Musiala

Jamal Musiala . Photo by

He is now expected to have a bigger impact on the global scene. On BBC One, former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said that Jamal Musiala is one of the most gifted young players in this era. Pochettino is confident that the teenager’s skills will get better with this World Cup.

Jurgen Klinsmann, a former manager and striker for Germany, added that he believes Musiala was the standout player for Germany. Klinsmann added that Musiala is unpredictable, which makes him a formidable player.

What comes next for the teenager from Stuttgart who joined Bayern in 2019 at the age of 16 after graduating from Chelsea’s academy and representing England at the juvenile level?

He has a contract with Bayern that goes through 2026. German journalist Archie Rhind-Tutt thinks the German powerhouses cannot afford to lose him.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live this is a real chance for him to announce his arrival on a big stage. It is also an opportunity to see if he can push Germany forward this time because it hasn’t worked out great.

Playing in the World Cup is an opportunity to solidify his reputation. While many dismiss his importance at Bayern, he is the future of the club. So many things to his game that makes Jamal Musiala so good.

Even when opponents try and cut him down, like we have seen with Lionel Messi over the years, he doesn’t quit.

Teresa is a journalist with years of experience in creating web content. She is a wanderlust at heart, but an outgoing sports writer with focus on tennis, athletics, football, motorsports and NBA.

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