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Vienna, Austria – David Alaba, FC Bayern Football Team was named the most popular Austrian footballer of the year for the third time in a row, based on a poll conducted by Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.
“It’s a great honour for me, it makes me really proud,” commented Alaba at the award ceremony in Vienna on Monday evening, February 1, 2016.
The 23-year-old won the award by a considerable margin with 431,477 votes, ahead of Rapid Vienna’s runner-up Stefan Hofmann, who also served his footballing apprenticeship in the FCB youth section, and Wacker Innsbruck’s Thomas Pichlmann.
In December 2015, David Alaba had been named Austrian Player of the Year for the fifth time in a row.
Alaba, 23, now tops the all-time roll of honour, and with his five consecutive personal accolades has picked up one more trophy than former Austria international Ivica Vastic, 46.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge praised the Bayern all-rounder as an “extraordinary footballer,” telling the club’s official website: “He has everything a world-class player needs: great talent, passion, the ambition to get even better, and lots of experience, which is incredible for his age.”
Prominent Football analysts described the versatility of David Alaba and even considering him as the nation’s only world-class player.
Deployed most often at left-back or left wing-back for his club, FC Bayern München, Alaba operates in the centre of midfield for Austria’s national team to maximise his stellar range of passing and controls games single-handedly for his team.
In an online poll conducted by internal football website Goal.com for the best player per position, David Alaba emerged as the best left-back in the world. He got more votes than Brazil and Real Madrid’s Marcelo who came in second and Spain and Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal who came in third.
David was born in Vienna to a Nigerian father and Filipino mother. Alaba has shown his Filipino roots by displaying the Philippine flag (along with Austria and Nigeria) after their Champions League win vs. Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
— Hector Pascua, ABS-CBN News, Austria
Picture Source: Kronen Zeitung