Jamal Musiala, a 16-year-old phenom from Germany, said on Monday that his time in England’s youth program helped him develop the innovative style of play that has helped him become one of the game’s emerging stars so swiftly.
The 19-year-old is anticipated to lead Germany’s assault, occupying the space between central midfield and the front line, after an impressive start to the season with Bayern Munich, where he has so far scored nine goals and provided six assists.
Lothar Matthaeus, a former Germany captain, compared him to Argentina’s great Lionel Messi because of his speed, passing skill, creative play, and scoring prowess.
Musiala stated during a press conference that he considered being compared to Messi to be somewhat of an honor. “He has been playing at the highest level for so long that it is tough to compare him. I simply keep going by concentrating on what I can do as Jamal better.
Few people would have predicted two years ago that Musiala, who gained the nickname “Bambi” because to his light build, average height, and innocent temperament, would become an important member of Germany’s team for the 2022 World Cup.
When he was younger, Musiala began his career in England, progressing through the national junior system to the England Under-21 squad. However, he later decided to play for his own country, inflicting a severe blow to coach Gareth Southgate’s senior England side. However, he has been keeping a piece of advice that the English coaches gave him that has helped him develop into the player he is today.
“I believe that education in England differs from that in Germany. I brought a lot of things. Play with freedom, they used to say,” he recalled.
When the Germans take on Japan in Group E’s opening match on Wednesday, he will have the opportunity to demonstrate it on the largest platform. They also face Spain and Costa Rica, and they’re desperate to atone for their shocking first-round elimination from last year.
Musiala asserted that “we have the talent to advance in this competition.” “We all enter the competition believing we can take home the crown. We are ready to go and well-prepared.
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