At the age of only 17 he became Bavaria’s youngest goalscorer in the Champions League at the beginning of this season and plays very well alongside world-class talents such as Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller.
On Saturday he scored a wonderful goal in his team’s 1-1 draw against Union Berlin to remind the world of his efficiency in front of goal.
Despite the tearing of record books since joining Bayern in 2019, Musiala’s football education in the UK has accelerated.
After moving away from Germany as a youth, Musiala attended the academy in Chelsea while attending Whitgift – an independent school in south London that has long helped develop players who became outstanding professionals, particularly England international Callum Hudson. Odoi and former Nigerian international Victor Moses.
“I think Jamal was always excellent for his size from the start. Jamal just stood out, his goal was phenomenal.”
Musiala has stayed in contact with Martin and the Bavarian prodigy still calls his former teacher “Sir”.
“He is very respectful of his fellow men, but he has a steely determination, confidence and self-confidence in himself, which is not arrogance. Far from it,” said Martin.
“I think that’s probably why he’s doing so well at the moment. He respects the people around him. He obviously respects the world-class players he plays with and learns from at Bayern Munich.”
“But also inside I know that Jamal will believe in himself and believe that he is as good as her, and I think he is obviously showing that at the moment.
“When he goes out onto the field, he doesn’t turn into a raging monster, but turns from a calm, respectful boy into a world-class athlete.”
Martin still remembers the first time he saw Musiala play when he was around 10 or 11 years old. Unfortunately for Whitgift’s football director it was an opposing team.
“I think we were absolutely beaten 8-4 by this school that came out of nowhere and that we haven’t really heard of,” he laughed.
“Jamal played that day and I think he got five out of eight. So I remember him. He was kind of a wiry little character, but once the game started he was electric. Absolutely amazing.”
Seven goals in one game
In less than a year, Martin saw that Musiala, who was already in Chelsea’s books, had applied for school and was delighted to see him play in a Whitgift kit.
With no official ties, the school has built a solid reputation and relationship with many local professional clubs – 27 current students are part of the London Football Academies.
In addition to providing elite coaching to teens, Martin and his team also act as a liaison to help these boys balance their time between academic activities and soccer academy assignments.
While at Whitgift, he assumed responsibility for managing Musiala’s schedule and was sure to reap the benefits.
According to Martin, Musiala scored 122 goals in 36 games in his three years at Whitgift.
Two games in particular are outstanding to this day. The first was during an away game where you played for hours in a minibus against an opposing team.
The game was canceled shortly after the start of the second half with 10-0 against Whitgift. Musiala had scored seven goals and, according to Martin, practically won the game with his first three touches of the ball.
But while his attack strength was evident, his maturity and determination also shone through.
Martin remembers another game when a young Musiala was “kicked on the pillar” by the opposition. After an encouraging word in his ear at half time, Musiala ran out and won the game by two goals.
“That just summed it up,” added Martin. “His attitude and application was incredible … his drive and desire.
“He would be upset if he jumped off and didn’t take the chances he was given. His standards were so high. It was incredible.”
This is partly because Martin, who played professionally himself, is fully aware that only a small percentage of players will ever make a career in the game.
“There is nothing wrong with these boys dreaming and wanting to be the next Callum and Jamal and using them as a yardstick,” said Martin. “That helps develop and improve them at their own pace.
“I think the nice thing about our school is that we can help the boys who might be the next Callum and Jamal, but at the other end of the scale we can also help and improve the boys who aspire to it to be, but unfortunately it will only ever be a dream.
“Listen, let her live and enjoy her dream and make progress at her own pace.”
Martin continues to be reluctant to use players like Musiala to motivate the current harvest, but is naturally proud of helping his former student get to the top.
“To see his rise in six years is pride. Immense pride, I suppose,” he said, beaming as he remembered Musiala making his international debut.
“It will sound cheesy, but it would be like seeing my own son and representing Bayern Munich and Germany. It really is.”
Trophies are now on the agenda for Musiala. Bayern have seven points ahead to win another Bundesliga title, but have to face a tougher test in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.