Jamal Musiala and Jude Bellingham, both born in 2003, share a close friendship and early football experiences. These two talented attacking midfielders initially played together for England’s U15, U17, and U21 national teams.
However, their paths diverged when Musiala moved to Germany, his birth country. Musiala had lived in England since he was seven years old, honing his skills in the youth systems of clubs such as Southampton and Chelsea.
Musiala currently finds himself at Bayern Munich, while Bellingham is a prominent figure at Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, the German press has pointed out that Bayern Munich have been struggling to extend Musiala’s contract, which is set to expire in 2026.
If this situation persists, Musiala could become one of the next sought-after free agents in European football.
Despite their separate career trajectories, Bellingham and Musiala remain close friends. They share a friendly rivalry as both are nominated for prestigious awards.
They are candidates for the Golden Boy award, presented by ‘Tuttosport,’ which recognizes the best footballer under the age of 21 in Europe. Additionally, they are both in contention for the Kopa Trophy, presented by ‘France Football,’ awarded to the best footballer under the age of 21.
Bellingham is considered as favorite to win these awards, but Musiala is honored to be nominated. His track record speaks volumes about his potential.
He is the youngest German player ever to be nominated among the top 30 candidates for the Ballon d’Or. Musiala was named Germany’s Player of the Year for 2022, as well as named Bayern Player of the 2022/23 season. He has also claimed third place in the Kopa Trophy in 2021 and 2022.
His future looks bright, much like that of his friend Bellingham. The question that remains is whether these two friends will reunite on the football pitch someday.