Jamal Musiala has become the youngest Englishman and Bayern Munich player to score a goal in the UEFA Champions League. He achieved the feat aged 17 years and 363 days, three days to his 18th birthday.
Jamal Musiala scored his record-breaking goal on Tuesday, February 23, 2020, when Bayern Munich played against Italian Serie A side Lazio in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
Lazio was overwhelmed by the firepower of the German Bundesliga side. The Serie A side started facing Bayern’s firepower very early in the game. The first goal came through the boots of Robert Lewandowski in the 9th minute of the match.
Lewandowski’s 9th-minute goal against Lazio on Tuesday was his 72nd Champions League goal which made him the third all-time highest goalscorer of the competition behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Afterward, Jamal Musiala scored the second goal of the match in the 24th minute which became a history-making goal for the 17-year-old attacking midfielder. The goal also made him the second-youngest player in the world to score in the knockout stage of the competition behind Bojan who achieved the feat while playing for Barcelona against Schalke in 2008.
After Musiala’s goal against Lazio, Leroy Sane made it three for Bayern. While 33-year-old Italian defender, Francesco Acerbi scored against his team in the 47th minute to make it 4-0.
Despite the dominant performance of Bayern Munich against Lazio, the Serie A side did not allow the German club to leave the Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, without scoring a goal against them. Lazio’s Joaquin Correa scored the consolation goal in the 49th minute.
Who is Jamal Musiala?
Jamal Musiala was born on February 26, 2003, to a German mother and a British-Nigerian father. He was born in Germany and started his development process in England.
When he moved to England, he first enrolled in Southampton football academy before he moved to Chelsea football academy in March 2011.
After years of development, Chelsea decided to let him go when Bayern Munich showed interest in him. He joined the Bayern Munich youth team in July 2019 and gained promotion to Bayern Munich’s senior team in July 2020.
Since his promotion to the senior team, Jamal Musiala has made 16 Bundesliga appearances and has scored three league goals.
The biggest night in his football career came on Tuesday, February 23, when he became the youngest player of Bayern Munich to score in the Champions League.
A night to remember 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/bueo1REpvN— Jamal Musiala (@JamalMusiala) February 23, 2021
Besides club football, Jamal Musiala has played for England at under-15, under-16, under-17, and under-21 levels. He has also played for Germany at under-16s. This means that the 17-year-old attacking midfielder is qualified to play for the German national football team or England national football team.
Since his father is a Nigerian by birth, Jamal Musiala is eligible to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria but that seems impossible because the attacking midfielder will most likely choose to represent England or Germany.