David Alaba is only 24 but has already played against many of the world’s best players.
In fact, there’s an argument to suggest the versatile Bayern Munich and Austria star is one of the world’s best himself.
But who does Alaba rate as the toughest players he’s faced during his career so far?
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The versatile defender, who can also play in central midfield, was asked the question during a FIFA 17 event earlier today - and one of his answers has raised a few eyebrows on social media.
He mentioned Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - standard - then named an Arsenal player: but not Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil.
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Alaba names Walcott as one of his toughest opponents
Alaba insists that Theo Walcott is one of the toughest players he’s ever played against. Honestly.
If you don’t believe us, watch the following video...
Alaba has faced Walcott three times
Alaba has faced Walcott on three occasions at club level.
The first meeting was back in February 2013, when Bayern Munich recorded a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium in the Champions League.
They met a month later in the same competition, at the Allianz Arena, and the Gunners secured a shock 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud (assisted by Walcott) and Laurent Koscielny.
The most recent meeting came last October, when Arsenal beat their German opponents 2-0 in the Champions League group stages. The goals that night were scored by Giroud and Ozil.
Walcott is going through a difficult spell
That Alaba named Walcott alongside Ronaldo and Messi as the toughest players he’s faced should come as a timely confidence booster to the out-of-sorts English winger.
Walcott has struggled for consistency over the past couple of seasons and has failed to impress the Gunners’ faithful during pre-season.
However, it’s understood the 27-year-old is now prepared to play on the right-wing - the position he initially made his name - following talks with Arsene Wenger.
Walcott has been determined to establish himself as the Gunners’ first-choice striker over the past few years but now accepts it’s in his best interests to play where his manager wants him to.
Is Theo Walcott a better footballer than people give him credit for - or is he actually a bit rubbish? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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