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Priceless and peerless, Germany teenager Jamal Musiala now has the label of being “the following Lionel Messi”.
And, whereas the performances of the four-time world champions within the event have been underwhelming, Musiala’s particular person shows have once more emphasised what an thrilling expertise he’s.
The Bayern Munich attacking midfielder, who spent a lot of his childhood in England however opted to play for his nation of delivery, has been the shining gentle for Germany in Qatar.
Backside of Group E on one level, they now have to beat Costa Rica on Thursday and hope leaders Spain defeat Japan to keep away from a second consecutive group-stage World Cup exit.
However former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus says Musiala is essential to their hopes now and in years to come back.
“He will be the Messi of the longer term, he’s glorious,” Matthaus, a World Cup winner in 1990, advised BBC Sport. “I’ve beloved him for the final two years, I really like his fashion of soccer and I really like his persona.
“He’s 19 years previous, he’s doing the issues that can make him a high footballer. He has nice passing, he’s intelligent along with his pondering and he loves soccer.
“Musiala will be the following Messi as a result of when Messi was 17, 18 years previous, I met him for the primary time when he performed towards Hungary [the team Matthaus managed then] and he obtained despatched off after 40 seconds.
“He got here on to the sphere and tried to indicate he loves soccer, he has a ardour for soccer. I’ve been an enormous fan of him from two years in the past when he first broke via.”
Musiala’s spectacular numbers on Sunday night time included 84% cross accuracy, 100% crosses accomplished, seven floor duels gained, three key passes and the help for Niclas Fullkrug’s late equaliser.
Musiala is already Bayern Munich’s youngest goalscorer, Germany’s second-youngest goalscorer and the youngest to play for Germany at a serious event because of him that includes at Euro 2020.
Now he’s being tipped to make an excellent larger impression on the world stage.
Former Tottenham supervisor Mauricio Pochettino mentioned on BBC One: “For me, Jamal Musiala is likely one of the most proficient younger gamers.
“With Gavi, with Jude Bellingham, Pedri, he is a large expertise. I feel he’ll develop throughout the World Cup. I feel Germany can shock.”
Ex-Germany supervisor and ahead Jurgen Klinsmann added: “I feel Musiala was the excellent participant for Germany.
“He is full of peculiar components, he is not scared. He’s a implausible younger participant that has grown via the Bayern system. It is his first World Cup and he’ll solely develop increasingly.”
What subsequent then for the Stuttgart-born teenager, who joined Bayern in 2019 aged 16 after coming via Chelsea’s academy and enjoying for England at youth ranges?
His contract runs till 2026 at Bayern and German journalist Archie Rhind-Tutt believes he’s priceless to the German giants.
He advised BBC Radio 5 Dwell: “I feel this can be a actual likelihood for him to announce his arrival on an enormous stage and to see if he can drag this staff ahead when it is not likely labored out for Germany going ahead lately. I might say this can be a actual likelihood for him to solidify his repute .
“There’s been discuss within the German press that he’s simply unsellable at Bayern to the purpose the place even 400m euros wouldn’t be sufficient for Jamal Musiala.
“That is the way in which he’s being talked about, he’s the way forward for this membership. There are such a lot of issues to his recreation that make him so good. Even when opponents try to reduce him down like we’ve got seen with Lionel Messi over time, he would not stop. He is actually fairly one thing.”
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