Lionel Messi has named a reported Liverpool transfer target as the best young prospect in the world.

Messi was recently awarded his eighth Ballon d’Or trophy, hailing him as the planet’s top player for the 2022/23 season.

During Monday night’s ceremony, the Kopa Trophy was also handed out to recognise the best youngster of the season. Although former Liverpool target Jude Bellingham ultimately came out on top, journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed on Twitter that Messi didn’t vote for the Englishman in first place.

Instead, the Argentina legend named reported Reds target Jamal Musiala as the world’s outstanding young talent.

Liverpool have recently been linked with a surprise move for Musiala next summer. Although the Bayern Munich man is seemingly uninterested in a move to Anfield, the rumours keep on coming.

Messi’s acknowledgement of his burgeoning talent is yet more vindication that the Reds should do all they can to make this happen.

Messi hails Musiala
It has been a surprise to see the strength of reports linking Liverpool with an attempt to sign Musiala of late.

Just as Bellingham’s drawn out saga felt to many, it doesn’t feel like a chase Liverpool will win, though.

Quite why Musiala would leave Bayern is unclear. As a Germany international, he’s at the biggest place he could possibly be.

The 20-year-old perhaps isn’t the star man of the team just yet, but he’ll surely get there. There’s no need to go anywhere.

And from the German champion’s point of view, why would they let him either. Along with Messi’s nod, Musiala has seen plenty of superlatives come his way. Jurgen Klinsmann called him a ‘phenomenal’ player [The Daily Mail] and he’s had plenty more praise besides. You don’t let a player like that go.

Given his high profile, it would seem likely that Musiala would be joining a Manchester City or a Real Madrid if he ever does leave Bayern.

But just as they did with Bellingham, Liverpool may still feel like they have an outside chance. Wherever he does end up though, this won’t be the last recognition Musiala gets.


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