Real Madrid defender David Alaba has revealed he didn’t want the membership’s number 4 shirt, vacated by Bernabeu legend Sergio Ramos, when he accomplished a free switch from Bayern Munich.
Ramos wore the number 4 shirt all through his 16 years at Real, successful 5 La Liga titles and 4 Champions Leagues. Prior to that, it belonged to a different legend in Fernando Hierro.
Alaba is the newest participant to inherit the shirt for Real. He just isn’t burdened by the strain of such an esteemed jersey however has admitted he would have chosen a distinct number if he may.
The Austrian ideally wished to maintain the identical number 27 shirt he had beforehand worn for a decade at Bayern on the logic that he refuses to be in comparison with anybody else by taking on their shirt.
“The number 27 was the one I worse at Bayern, it’s not allowed in La Liga and the club wanted me to wear number four,” Alaba defined to Sport Bild.
“Sergio Ramos is an absolute legend. His performances on and off the pitch make him a role model. But I am Alaba and I don’t want to be compared to anyone. I want to write my own story here.”
Alaba is Real Madrid’s latest number 4 / Soccrates Images/Getty Images
La Liga guidelines prohibited Alaba from taking 27 at Real. First-team squads in Spain’s prime flight should solely embody shirt numbers from 1-25, with one, 13 and 25 reserved for goalkeepers solely.
Shirts greater than 25 will be worn, however solely by gamers promoted from a membership’s B staff in the course of the season, not by everlasting members of the first-team squad.
As such, Real’s number 27 shirt is at the moment registered to 21-year-old Castilla midfielder Antonio Blanco, who splits his time between senior and reserve staff ranges.
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