Mathys Tel has made a record-breaking start to his Bayern Munich career. - © Imago
Mathys Tel has made a record-breaking start to his Bayern Munich career. - © Imago

Mathys Tel: Who is the Bayern Munich teenager with the best goals-per-minute ratio in Bundesliga history?


No other player in Bundesliga history - not Robert Lewandowski, not Erling Haaland - has a better minutes-per-goal ratio than Mathys Tel. has the scoop on the Bayern Munich teenager...

Stats correct as of 3 October 2023

Mathys Tel

Age: 18
Club: Bayern Munich
Position: Forward
Country: France (six caps/five goals for the U19s)

Key Stats

From Sarcelles in the Paris suburbs, Tel played as a youngster for local clubs Villiers Le Bel, Paris FC, ASJ Aubervilliers and Montrouge FC as well as spending time at the famous Clairefontaine academy. A move west to Brittany then followed, and at the age of 15 he signed for Rennes in 2020. The flexible right-footed player was a centre-back when the switch was agreed, but he had begun moving further up the pitch by the time he arrived at his new club. His progress from there was rapid. In August 2021, Tel became the youngest player ever to line out for Rennes when he came on for the final five minutes of their 1-1 draw at Brest. The 6'0" forward was just 16 years, three months and 19 days old when he made his competitive debut, and in total the teenager featured 10 times from the bench across all competitions in the 2021/22 campaign.

Tel is already a high achiever at international level too. He has played for the France U18 team but in summer 2022 he led the France U17 side to victory at the European Championship in Israel. The recent Bayern arrival got three goals and an assist in the group stage before scoring in penalty shootout wins over Germany and Portugal. He lifted the trophy as captain following a 2-1 success against the Netherlands in the final on 1 June.

On 31 August 2022, Tel became Bayern's youngest-ever goalscorer when - at 17 years and 126 days old - he netted in his side's 5-0, DFB Cup triumph against Viktoria Cologne, beating the club's previous record holder, Jamal Musiala (17 years, 205 days). He followed that by making his full Bundesliga debut against VfB Stuttgart on 10 September, marking the occasion with his maiden top-flight goal. The Frenchman has started 2023/24 with three substitute strikes in six games, taking his Bundesliga tally to eight in 28 appearances, and hit his first UEFA Champions League goals against Manchester United and Copenhagen.

Plays a bit like: Kylian Mbappe

Any particularly good young French attacking talent is bound to be compared to Mbappe, and Tel justifiably falls into that bracket. He is similar both in terms of his career path - as an exciting youngster who everyone was talking about before they turned 17 - and in style. Quick and a good dribbler, Tel admitted when he signed his first pro contract that he still needed to work out what position suits him best. That's something many of his coaches have pondered too, but one of Tel's key strengths is his ability to adapt to any role he's asked to play.

He was thrown on to the wing in a 4-3-3 system for his debut, a position Mbappe has excelled in for club and country. The latest talent to join the sizeable French contingent at Bayern has played across the front line and in central midfield over the years, and like Mbappe he has shown he is capable of thriving in a more central role too. The teenager featured as a centre forward in a 4-3-3 formation during France's triumphant European U17 Championship campaign.

Watch: All Mathys Tel's Bundesliga goals so far

Did you know? 

With seven goals to show for 26 Bundesliga appearances, totalling 451 minutes, Tel has the best minutes-per-goal ratio in Bundesliga history (64.4). Paco Alcacer (75.2), Haaland (88.9), Joel Pohjanpalo (89.6) and Lewandowski (99.6) complete the top five.

What they're saying

"He's a player who - for a start - is significantly more mature than the average for his age. His athletic qualities are also above the norm but it's not only that. His technical ability and his game intelligence struck me." – Rennes head coach Bruno Genesio on why he brought Tel into the first-team squad so early

"He's a very young, talented player who can play different positions… he's very quick, strong with his body. He's good at defending the ball with his back towards the opponent's goal… I have the vision that he could score 40 goals [in a season like Robert Lewandowski] one day in the future." – former Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann on the club's plans to mould Tel into a world-class forward

“Mathys is one of the biggest talents in Europe, a very quick, technically strong and versatile striker. He won the European Championships with the France U17s this year as captain of the team. We’ve been watching him for a long time and we were able to convince him to take his next important steps in Munich with us now. We are proud of that, as there were a lot of clubs who wanted to sign him. The development of such an exceptional young player is an exciting project for us all. Of course, Mathys needs time, he needs minutes on the pitch and rhythm. We are all convinced he has a great career in front of him and that he will help our team.” – Bayern's former sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic