The Austria international captain received disgusting racist abuse on his social media channels after it came to light that he had supposedly chosen Messi as his first choice for the 2022 accolade, ahead of Benzema.
But the former Bayern Munich star has now bravely responded to the abuse, explaining that his vote was not his personal choice but rather the collective decision of the entire Austrian national team. Alaba said in a statement on his social media channels on Tuesday morning:”Regarding FIFA The Best Award: The Austrian national team voted for this award as a team, not me alone “Everyone in the team council is able to vote and that’s how it’s decided.
“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 a doubt.”
Shortly after the ceremony, the hashtag #AlabaOut started trending on social media on Monday night, alongside disgusting racist abuse – including multiple monkey emojis – under his posts on Twitter and Instagram.
Author: Linda .R. Jones