David Alaba was presented this Wednesday by Real Madrid, two months after signing his contract. The former Bayern Munich defender will wear the No. 4 left free by Sergio Ramos, who left for PSG. What to put some pressure on the Austrian international.
The choice of a jersey number is far from trivial. Some players have a lucky number that accompanies them throughout their career, others opt for example for the birthday of a loved one. But there are numbers that have a special place in the history of football. A legendary side. The 4 is one of them. It refers to the most mythical stoppers, brawlers, surly and conquerors. A role that Sergio Ramos has assumed for sixteen years at Real Madrid. By leaving for PSG this summer, the Spanish captain left his famous n ° 4 posed in the locker room. And it is David Alaba who has just recovered it.
Two months after signing until 2026 with the club Merengue, the former defender of Bayern Munich was presented this Wednesday at the Bernabeu. The opportunity to unveil the figure he will wear on his back with the White House. “The club offered me this number, I think there was no other available, explains Alaba. I know what this number means for the club. It is an honor to wear it, that Motivates me a lot. It’s a number that represents strength and leadership. “
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“Not there to compare me to others”
How to imagine the Austrian international taking over from Ramos? “He played very well wearing this number, he became a leader, said the 29-year-old. It’s something that is present in everyone’s mind. But I’m not here to compare myself. to others. I want to continue to be Alaba. I will bring my abilities and strengths. “
Regarding the transfer window of Real, the double winner of the Champions League (2013, 2020) was entitled to a question about Kylian Mbappé, who has still not extended his contract in Paris. “He’s a world-class player. He has enormous qualities. But that’s a question you have to ask other people,” he replied.