Despite being only 18, Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala has earned a spot as the youngest player in Joachim Löw's Germany squad for UEFA Euro 2020.
bundesliga.com has the lowdown on the teenaged playmaking talent flying through the ranks and already setting records at the Säbener Straße...
Club: Bayern Munich
Position: Attacking midfield
Country: Germany (2 caps)/England (U21 cap)
Musiala was born in Fulda - a central German city just north east of Frankfurt - but spent much of his childhood in England, where he and his family moved when he was seven. The attacking midfielder spent four months with Southampton before being spotted by Chelsea - just one year after arriving in the country - and signed to a scholarship. His progress was swift, and Musiala made his league debut for Chelsea's U18 team aged just 15 years, two months and 13 days.
While catching eyes throughout the Chelsea academy, Musiala was also making waves on the international scene. He played for the England U15 team aged just 13 and continued to represent the country at U16 level. He then made two appearances for the country of his birth, Germany, and their U16 team in October 2018. Musiala subsequently featured in eight appearances for England's U17 side, scoring in his first two outings, and is now capped up to U21 level with the Three Lions.
Alongside Bright Arrey-Mbi, Musiala joined Bayern from English Premier League side Chelsea last summer, aged just 16. His progression has duly picked up where it had left off in the English capital. The teen averaged a goal or assist every 105 minutes as a member of Bayern's U17 squad before being promptly promoted to the U19s. Eight appearances later, he was bumped up a class to Bayern's reserve squad before the coronavirus pandemic.
After the league resumed, Musiala made his professional debut in the German third tier for Bayern's second team, and even scored a brace in his second outing. He came off the bench against FSV Zwickau to become the league's second-youngest scorer of all time and on Matchday 33 of the Bundesliga season, Musiala came off the bench against Freiburg to become Bayern's youngest-ever player in the Bundesliga at just 17 years and 115 days old.
He followed that by becoming the Bavarian club's all-time youngest goalscorer, smashing the record set by an 18-year-old Roque Santa Cruz, with the eighth goal in an 8-0 win over Schalke on the opening day of the 2020/21 season, aged 17 years and 205 days. Musiala was also on target against Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 5, and scored a brilliant equaliser against RB Leipzig on Matchday 10.
Plays a bit like: Dele Alli
Despite boasting a svelte physique tailor-made to slither through opposition defences, Musiala admits he wants to add some more muscle to his rangy 6'-tall frame. The Germany-born attacking midfielder prefers playing as a No.10 in behind the striker, but he can also play as a No.9. Predominantly right footed, but more than capable of using his left when needed, he also prides himself on his powerful shot.
Did you know?
Upon signing for Chelsea aged just eight, Musiala was enlisted at the Whitgift School in Croydon. The school has become famous for producing young talents in recent years, with Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi, Nigeria international Victor Moses and Lyon’s Bertrand Traore among its former pupils.
What they're saying
"I'm really happy about the years in England. There were a few interested parties in Europe. But if such a big club is interested in Germany, you can't say no. And I loved Bavaria from an early age." - Musiala on joining Bayern
"I have a heart for Germany and a heart for England. Both hearts will keep on beating. In the end, I just listened to the feeling that over a long period of time kept telling me that it was the right decision to play for Germany, the land I was born in. Still, it wasn't an easy decision for me." - Musiala on deciding to play for Germany internationally
"The boy is ice cold. If you talk to him before the game, he appears focused, calm and reserved." - Bayern reserve coach Sebastian Hoeneß