David Alaba has the potential to take the world by storm. Barely out of his teenage years, the Austrian international is already considered one of the best left-backs in Europe.

After scoring a crucial goal against Ireland in Austria’s World Cup qualifier last Tuesday night, David Alaba seemed to be on an all-time high. 

The young Austrian has become a permanent fixture in Bayern Munich’s starting XI over the past year-and-a-half and has continued to impress both his coach and people all around the world with his strong performances.

His stock rose even further last night as he scored the opener in Bayern Munich’s quarter-final first leg match against Juventus.              

It took him only 24 seconds to impress the world once again. After a simple but rare mistake from Andrea Pirlo gifted the ball the Bayern, Sebastian Schweinsteiger passed the ball to David Alaba who was standing in the middle of the pitch about 30 meters away from Gianluigi Buffon who was perfunctorily guarding his goal and would soon pay for it. 

Nobody except Alaba was expecting the 20-year-old to take a shot but he did. After a slight deflection off Arturo Vidal’s boot the ball went bouncing into the back of the net after Buffon, who had begun moving in the opposite direction, failed to save it.

And so Alaba put the home team ahead. He continued to play excellent football throughout the night and was involved in many of Bayern’s attacks alongside Franck Ribery. 

As a 20-year-old he is already an essential part of one of the most formidable defences in European football. The team sit 20 points clear in the Bundesliga table and have only conceded 13 goals in the competition. 

After their impressive 2-0 win last night they are firm favourites to qualify for a second successive semi-final in the Champions League.

His offensive abilities combined with his strong defending make David Alaba one of the most promising young prospects and talented left backs in the game.

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