BY SEYI PETERS
Many would remember on the night of May 25, 2013 when Bayern Munich lifted their fifth UEFA Champions League title, Nigeria was represented when David Olatokunbo Alaba of Bayern Munich carried the Nigerian flag in the post-match ceremony, along with those of Austria and The Philippines.
The Champions League title holder was born in Vienna to Gina and George Alaba and has one younger sister. His mother emigrated from the Philippines to work as a nurse in Austria while his father, a popular DJ and rapper in Austria, is a prince from Ogere, Ogun State in Nigeria.
Unfortunately for the Philippines and Nigeria, Alaba has already chosen to play for his birth country Austria, after going through the Under-17 and Under-20 youth system. Alaba represented Austria for the first time in 2009 at 17-years-old, making him the youngest player to ever represent Austria.
The 23-year-old has gone on to play in a number of positions including central midfield, right and left wing but has since blossomed more as a left-back.
He has won many titles with his German club and individual awards like the 2011 and 2012 Austrian footballer of the year, while still a teenager, and has made more than 40-appearances with his national side.
Alaba is one of the best young talents in Europe and is managed by his Nigerian father.