Bayern Munich's left-back has been called 'the next Lizarazu'. And the 20-year-old has all the makings of a world-class player.
A rapid rise through the Bayern Munich academy saw the Austrian international become the club's youngest ever player at 17 years, seven months and eight days in 2010. Lightning quick and skilful in possession, Alaba operates at left-back for the Bundesliga giants, and just about everywhere for Austria.
At the age of just 19, he was named Austrian Footballer of the Year. Last year, he won the prize again. And it's hard to imagine it going to any other player for a long time to come.