David Alaba scores tragic own goal on international duty with Austria

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Bayern Munich's David Alaba is undoubtedly one of European football's most talented and versatile players.

Capable of playing anywhere across the back line - namely left-back - and in central midfield, the Austrian has become indespensable at the Allianz Arena since arriving in 2010.

He now finds himself a target across Europe, with Real Madrid one of many reportedly interested in signing him this summer.


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According to reports in Spain, per The Sun, Bayern recently received and swiftly rejected a £38 million offer from Los Blancos.

A smart decision from the Bavarians, I think you'll agree, but they won't enjoy seeing the horrendous mistake he made whilst on international duty with Austria on Tuesday night.

Two nil up against Malta and in the 87th minute, Alaba scored a truly embarrassing own goal that you would expect from a Sunday League footballer, not a professional (see below).

Miscommunication at it's finest, but Alaba was always running the risk of danger by receiving the ball inside his own 18-yard box.

Fortunately for the 23-year-old, his error came during a meaningless friendly; he'll hope that the same doesn't happen at this summer's European Championships.

Where Alaba's future is concerned, reports earlier this month suggested that he wants a move to Barcelona - but only if he's allowed to play in midfield.

He asked for the very same to happen upon his arrival at Bayern, but his versatility seems to have worked against him somewhat.

So much so that rather than play in central midfield last term, Alaba was often deployed as centre-back because of injuries to his teammates.

The arrival of Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund this summer should hopefully stop that from happening, though.

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