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Real Madrid defender hits out at Cristiano Ronaldo’s critics: “Helped shape our generation”

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David Alaba was one of the few Real Madrid players who did not travel to Qatar as Austria failed to qualify for the prestigious event. However, that does not go on to speak anything about the magic in the defender’s boots.

The player has been in superb form for Los Blancos this season and led the defence from the front. Ahead of his return to action on the field, the former Bayern Munich man spoke to Servus TV about his time at Real Madrid and the objectives ahead.

As soon as he arrived for the interview, Alaba sarcastically apologised for being late and joked about the reason.

“Sorry, it took me longer to get here (at the start of the interview). I had to win the Champions League and LaLiga.”

The Austrian International was then asked about his perception of Cristiano Ronaldo and the negative comments made by media against the Real Madrid legend. Alaba stayed firm that he did not like what he saw in the press and praised the Portuguese International.

“What he has done in the last 15 years, I am personally really grateful for. He has helped shape our generation. What he has achieved is unbelievable. It’s sad and a shame that you have to see scenes like that or read such things about him.”

Real Madrid have qualified for the knockouts of the UCL and sit second in LanLiga ahead of the restart of club football. The former Bayern man briefly outlined the team’s objectives for the coming half of the season saying,

“You always set goals for yourself, new goals. Now the second half of the season begins, we are in all competitions and we want to become champions. In UCL, we want to show what we can do, that we belong to the best in the world.”

Making the switch to Real Madrid is seldom easy, especially given the sky-high expectations that come with it. Alaba then commented on his adaptation at the club and how his teammates helped him in the process.

“Joining Madrid? I was with Bayern Munich for 13 years and knew everything inside out. Then you come to a new dressing room, new people, new teammates, a new language, a really different culture. You had to adapt, but the team really made it very easy for me.”

Finally, the player was asked about his feelings about winning the Austrian player of the year award for the ninth time, to which he showed nothing but gratitude.

“Winning the Austrian player of the year for the ninth time? It is a big award, it makes me proud and grateful. It is a huge award for me.” 

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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