Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Austrian player for Real Madrid, David Alaba, defended himself, in light of the attack that affected him as a result of not voting for his teammate, French Karim Benzema, to win the “The Best” award presented by FIFA, pointing out The national team of his country votes as one bloc, and this is not his vote alone.
And Argentine Lionel Messi won the “The Best” award after competing with Benzema and his compatriot, Paris Saint-Germain player, Kylian Mbappe.
Alaba defended himself after the voice of the Austrian captain went in favor of Messi, indicating that the national team votes as one bloc and does not depend on his vote alone.
And the Austrian defender said on Twitter: “Regarding the FIFA “Best” award: the Austrian national team votes for this award as a team, and I am not alone. Everyone in the team is able to vote and this is how it is decided.
And the Real Madrid defender continued, saying: “Everyone knows, especially Karim, how much I admire him and his performance,” and concluded by saying: “I have often said that for me he is the best striker in the world, and this is still the case, without a doubt,” as he put it.
Alaba was subjected to a severe attack on social media, which amounted to “racist” expressions being directed at him because he did not vote for Benzema.
The leaders and coaches of the national teams usually vote for the names nominated to win the award in order, as they choose the first from their point of view, then the second and third, and Alaba chose Messi over Benzema.