Monday night was one of the best moments for some footballing icons across the globe.
The 2022 FIFA Awards which took place in Paris saw Argentina forward Lionel Messi emerging as the top men’s player in world football.
However, a breakdown of every captain who voted in the Best FIFA Men’s Player 2022 award unfolded after Messi clinch the title.
After the award was handed to the World Cup winner in Paris, FIFA gave some fascinating reading as to who voted for who, with the likes of Harry Kane, Thiago Silva and David Alaba appearing on the list.
In regard to this, it was the Austria captain David Alaba’s vote that brought the most reaction, after choosing the Les Parisiens star Lionel Messi ahead of his La Casa Blanca colleague Karim Benzema.
Alaba handed his five points to Messi before voting for Benzema in second and Kylian Mbappe in third – a decision that saw the hashtag #AlabaOut trending on social media. The 30-year-old was racially abused on both his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
However, in the early hours of Tuesday, Alaba has since released a statement on his Twitter page explaining his decision to vote for Messi.
“Regarding FIFA The Best Award: The Austrian national team vote 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,” he said.
“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 doubt.”
Regarding FIFA The Best Award:
The Austrian national team vote 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
— David Alaba (@David_Alaba) February 28, 2023
In regard to Alaba’s statement on the micro-blogging site, there has been mixed reactions. Some comments say the Madrid defender did no wrong in voting for Messi.
There is no need to Rac1ally abuse Alaba for his opinion. He backstabbed Benzema we all know it, now move on.
I wish Barca fans should’ve come out for rac1sm against Vini in the same way. But according to them rac1sm against Vini is justified. Hypocrites.
— Dr Yash (@YashRMFC) February 28, 2023
Can’t believe they’re racially abusing Alaba for choosing Messi as his Goat, shameless fanbase. pic.twitter.com/KnmsdHfz2m
— Kobby Founda🇬🇭 (@Founda__) February 28, 2023
Who in his right senses go pick Benzema over Messi? Alaba made the right choice. Free him!!
— RuF🦅🦅 (@Ruf_ayi) February 28, 2023
— S.A® (@kwekubills) February 28, 2023
But what did Alaba do wrong here? I’m not a fan of Messi but there’s no way I will choose Benzema over Messi😂😂
— DEAR GOD🇬🇭❤️ (@mrlamar01) February 28, 2023
It’s now clear that “hate Messi” is always in the contract of Real Madrid players…..We stand with you Alaba
— Essel (@thatEsselguy) February 28, 2023
Other comments making waves also say Alaba showed no love for his teammate Benzema.
Alaba voted for Messi instead of his team mate Benzema and you think it’s not a big deal ???
Bro is a snake
— KWASI GAZY (@Kwasigazy) February 28, 2023
I am against any kind of abuse & racism David Alaba receiving right now. Those people should be ashamed of themselves.
But I’m disappointed after seeing Alaba’s votes. I know it’s his opinion but if you’re not going to support your own teammate then who will? pic.twitter.com/URJCvO680N
— Sangram (@Sangram2398) February 28, 2023
— CollinsNG 🇳🇬 (@collyweezy) February 28, 2023
You always don’t see the snakes from behind. Alaba Just proved that. pic.twitter.com/PWFbAeG9iu
— Twilight (@the_marcoli_boy) February 28, 2023
We actually had to make Alaba issue an apology after voting for Messi in the Best awards 🤣🤣🤣 what a shit fanbase
— 🏽 (@idoxvi) February 28, 2023
Maguire is currently better than Alaba . We need a swap deal . This fraud is just a snake . pic.twitter.com/XfwDztgTCm
— GHANA DENVER #RTTJ🦍 (@gh_Denver) February 28, 2023
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