David Alaba has been once again forced to dwell on his controversial vote for the Best FIFA Football award that led to Lionel Messi edging out his teammate Karim Benzema.
After the 2022 FIFA world cup, the best FIFA football awards were held in Paris to celebrate the best in the sport for the calendar year.
To determine the winner in each category, fellow players, captains of the national teams, and a selective number of journalists offer their votes.
Winning the World Cup in Qatar was a massive draw for Messi as he took the Best FIFA Men’s Player award with him. The Argentinian won by quite a margin. As the proceedings came to a near end, it was reported that the Austrian captain and Real Madrid defender David Alaba’s vote went in favor of the PSG forward.
This resulted in an immediate outrage from Real Madrid fandom. David Alaba was subjected to inhumane racist abuse on social media. Even though Karim Benzema was way behind the Argentinian, the Madrid fans forced Alaba to come forward and clarify his vote which the Austrian did in the days ahead by saying:
“The Austrian national team vote for this award as a team, not me alone,”
David Alaba Added: “Everyone knows, especially Karim, how much I admire him and his performances and I have often said that for me he is the best striker in the world, and that is still the case. Without doubt,”
But it seems as if the fans of the club and Spanish media do not believe the former Bayern defender.
Ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League fixture against Chelsea, David Alaba was once again asked to clarify his stance in the voting. While answering the reporter at the press conference, Alaba said:
“I am not the one who chooses, we are a team and everyone can vote for the best and in the end, there is a result and that was the result. I think you know it but I will explain it again if necessary.”
David Alaba will be part of Real Madrid when Chelsea arrives at Santiago Bernabeu for the Champions League Quarter Final. Los Blancos will hope to repeat the slaughter from last year while the Blues will surely demand revenge.