Last summer, David Alaba moved from FC Bayern to Real Madrid on a free transfer. After 13 years in Munich, he ventured abroad and was looking for a new challenge and signed with the Spanish record champions for five years.
Around the transfer, however, the public discussion was mainly about how much Alaba will earn in Madrid. Allegations of greed were loud, at the latest after the “Spiegel” published the Austrian’s salary. Accordingly, the defender earns 19.47 million euros annually plus a one-off payment of 17.7 million euros as hand money.
Alaba on allegations of greed
In the podcast “Einfach mal Luppen” by the brothers Toni and Felix Kroos, Alaba tries to explain how these allegations arise: “I think that it is a little more difficult today with social media, then it is interpreted from many sides. Many factors come together that it looks like this in the end. But I have repeatedly explained my point of view and my motives. Why. Why.” that is so is difficult to say. “
Toni Kroos adds: “You could have gone the easy way too. You earned yourself a standing there (in Munich), you would have got an absolutely top contract, you rolled out the red carpet – and after so many successful years you still say: I’ll take on this challenge again. The feedback ‘Respect, he’s doing something new’ is far too little for me. And much more this: ‘He follows the money.’ “
The trio also talks about the time after Alaba’s move to Madrid. Alaba reveals that he has now found a house: “Step by step we are settling in as a family, but also personally with the team. I am now really feeling very good, the first time was very nice.”
Toni Kroos notices that Alaba already speaks Spanish well. The 2014 world champion wants to know: “When did you start learning Spanish? And don’t tell me now: two months ago …” Alaba confirms afterwards: “Yes, yes, I started at the hotel.” Kroos replies with a laugh: “You don’t like that you can do it so well now.”
“In the third week I go to the steam bath and then he (Toni Kroos) lies there with dumbbells. I say: ‘Anton, what has happened to you in the last seven years.'”
Toni Kroos and Alaba already played together in Munich between 2010 and 2014, and have been reunited in Madrid since the summer. In this context, Alaba also explains what, from his point of view, has changed at Toni Kroos:
“In Munich I didn’t really see Toni in the weight room on a regular basis, let’s just say: not at all. And during the first week I see Toni in the weight room every day. and Toni comes in. In the second week with an exercise ball, all of a sudden he is doing abdominal exercises, stick exercises in the steam room. I say: ‘Toni, what’s the matter with you?’ In the third week I go to the steam room and then he lies there with dumbbells. I say, ‘Anton, what has happened to you in the last seven years?’ In the fourth week I go downstairs and he is in the sauna on the bike. “
Finally, the three talk about racism that the 29-year-old David Alaba had to experience so far: “In my childhood and youth I was more affected than now.” He also adds: “It’s incredibly sad that things like the one in the US have to happen to raise people’s awareness. But it was also good that people became more attentive. You have seen a lot of campaigns and you can see that development is taking place and that there is still a long way to go. We can all make a contribution. “
Felix Kroos adds: “Mainly because it should not only be at the time when campaigns are started, but it has to be lived in everyday life. I think it’s important that we take action against it with our reach and our voice. “