Bayern Munich defender David Alaba gave an absolute masterclass in how to execute a curling free-kick from distance last weekend, one that team-mates Xabi Alonso and Arjen Robben would be proud to call their own.
Alaba has a fight on his hands to get involved when Bayern take set-pieces, with Robben, Alonso, Franck Ribery and Mario Gotze among those hoping to boost their goal tally with strikes from distance.
The Austrian defender regularly takes penalties though and proved against Stuttgart on Saturday that his repertoire extends beyond strikes from eight yards, with a quite wonderful effort to end Bayern's relative barren streak.
The 22-year-old hadn't scored this season until last weekend's visit to the Mercedes-Benz Arena, but picked quite a time to break that barren streak in terms of Bayern's relatively poor start to 2015.
Pep Guardiola's side took just a solitary point from their first two matches of the calendar year, but got back to winning ways in some style last weekend as Alaba's strike was preceded by a rocket of an opening goal from Robben.
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Alaba's genuine contender for goal of the season was an effort that married power and precision perfectly, with the slow motion replay in the video below well worth watching to take in the outrageous finish in all its beauty.
Robben was for once upstaged, but can console himself with another terrific individual display and a goal that on any other day would have been afforded copious column inches.
On this evidence Bayern are getting back to something approaching their best and can score different types of goals from all areas of the pitch.
Guardiola's side are now gearing up to focus their efforts on this season's primary objective, bringing the Champions League back to Munich following the semi-final heartbreak of his first season in charge.
Shakhtar Donestk are their opponents in Ukraine when the last 16 gets underway next week, on this evidence the Bavarian giants have to be considered massive favourites to progress over two legs.
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