“It was a very emotional moment after the final whistle, I felt so relieved and a load fell from my heart,” Alaba said of his personal hat-trick in the first class. The 29-year-old had already won the Champions League with Bayern Munich in 2013 and 2020. Vinicius Junior scored the decisive goal in the 59th minute.
The club’s dream season for Alaba ended at the place where he made his debut for the national team on 14 October 2009 against France at the age of 17 years 112 days. He previously won the Spanish Championship and the Spanish Super Cup in his first season with “Royal”. Champions League glory followed – in his first match after a month-long hiatus due to adductor problems.
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Real Madrid won the first division football for the 14th time. The Spanish champions celebrated their 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final at the Stade de France, near Paris. ÖFB star David Alaba was allowed to lift the trophy for the third time after 2013 and 2020 (both with Bayern Munich).
At least as memorable as the victory in the final was the way there with a stunning comeback at the Bernabeu against PSG (Paris Saint-Germain), Chelsea and Manchester City. “How we fought over and over again this season, what character we showed, and how we performed until the last minute is unbelievable. I worked so hard to be able to celebrate this success,” Alaba explained.
Immediately well received by Real
His free move from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid exactly a year ago caused an uproar. Doubts have been raised over whether the Austrian will be able to succeed defender Sergio Ramos, who has moved to Paris Saint-Germain. But Alaba taught all the critics better. “It was not an easy decision. I knew from day one that I just wanted to be myself here, be involved as much as possible from day one and help the team with my quality. The team also helped me and made it so easy for me, so everything went well.” Faini said.
Alaba made a significant contribution to Real Madrid’s 14th title in the most important European Cup. He performed well as a defender and tried to make his mark on the attack as well. A superb pass by the 29-year-old almost made it 1-0 for Real in the 43rd minute. It was passed to Karim Benzema seconds after the Frenchman’s supposed goal, which was disallowed for offside.
Courtois for “Mad” Alaba
Before that and after that, center back and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois withstood the whirlpool of Liverpool’s attack. The Belgian goalkeeper became the match winner with his many great saves. When he defeated Mohamed Salah in the second half, he spontaneously jumped around the Pope’s neck. “What Courtois did today was amazing,” said the legionnaire of the Austrian Football Association team about his goalkeeper, who “definitely” gave the best performance of his career, according to his statements.
“When you perform like this in the Champions League final and get the trophy at the end, you feel unbelievable. It is a childhood dream come true here. It is very special for me to be a part of Real Madrid’s history.” The 30-year-old is One of the few Real Madrid players who had never won the Champions League before facing Liverpool.
For Alaba, on the other hand, it was already the third title. Wearing a T-shirt that read “My strength lies in Jesus,” he stood with the flag dressed in the national colors of Austria, Nigeria and the Philippines. The Vienna-born son of a Nigerian and Filipino had an almost identical look when he won his first final in 2013 with Bayern Munich, but this time Alaba looked much more impressed than he did nine years ago at Wembley.
Not only did Alaba’s parents George and Jenna and sister Rose May, his girlfriend Shalimar and son Zion also witnessed success on the court. “They support me throughout my career wherever possible. It’s no secret that I’m very close to my family, we stay together no matter the situation. I’m grateful for that,” the defender said.
Duel against Frankfurt for the Supercup
This year, the Austrian footballer eight times and the athlete twice won 30 titles, and another one may come in a few weeks. On August 10 in Helsinki, Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt, FC Oliver Glasner and Martin Hinterger will compete for the European Super Cup.
But before that, there was still an extensive program of international matches. ÖFB will face Croatia (3 June / away), Denmark (6 June / at home, 13 June / away) and France (10 June / at home) in the Nations League. Whether Alaba will be in Croatia is still open. The Viennese announced that he will call new team boss Ralf Rangnick on Sunday. However, the 92-time international would not skip the entire course. “See you in the national team,” Alaba promised.