Euro 2024: Germany Legend Compares Jamal Musiala to Lionel Messi After Showstopping Performance

Euro 2024: Germany Legend Compares Jamal Musiala to Lionel Messi After Showstopping Performance

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at June 20, 2024 at 6:20 AM
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  • Bayern Munich star, Jamal Musiala, has been likened to Lionel Messi after his awe-inspiring displays at the ongoing 2024 Euros in Germany
  • The 21-year-old put up another show-stopping performance as Die Mannschaft cruised into the Round of 16, beating Hungary on Wednesday
  • Musiala became the first player to score in successive Euro games and would hope to continue in their last group game against Switzerland

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Germany's rising star, Jamal Musiala, has drawn comparisons to legendary Argentine playmaker, Lionel Messi, following his stellar performances at the ongoing 2024 European Championship.

The Bayern Munich attacker delivered another outstanding display as Die Mannschaft became the first team to secure a spot in the continental showpiece's Round of 16.

Jamal Musiala, Lionel Messi, Lothar Matthaus, future, Germany, Euro 2024, goal, Hungary.
Jamal Musiala has been described as the Lionel Messi of the future after his performances at the 2024 Euros. Photos by Omar Vega and Chris Brunskill/Fantasista.
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Musiala spurs Germany to knockout round

The 21-year-old scored for the second consecutive game, helping Julian Nagelsmann's side beat Hungary 2-0 on Wednesday night, Eurosport reports.

After earning the man-of-the-match award against Scotland in the tournament's curtain-raiser, Musiala continued to excel, this time at the MHP Arena in Stuttgart.

He opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, despite protests from Hungary's players who believed a foul should have been called during the build-up to his goal.

Nonetheless, Ilkay Gundogan added a second goal in the 67th minute, ensuring Germany's smooth path to victory and guaranteeing their progression to the knockout phase, at least as one of the best third-placed teams.

Germany legend likens Musiala to Messi

Following the match, praise for Musiala poured in, including from Lothar Matthaus.

The 1990 Ballon d'Or winner believes the Chelsea academy graduate has the potential to become the next Lionel Messi.

"He can be the Messi of the future. He is excellent," said the former Germany defender, who won the Euros in 1980, as cited by ESPN.

Musiala headlines top 5 first round performers

Sports Brief also previously highlighted the top five performers in Euro 2024 after the first round, with Musiala leading the pack.

The 21-year-old dazzled as Germany began their Euros campaign with a commanding 5-1 victory over Scotland on Friday, June 14.

Musiala received widespread acclaim from both fans and pundits, with UEFA's Technical Observer Panel praising his efforts thus far.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.