Real Madrid defender David Alaba has announced that he does not want the club’s number 4 shirt,
Real Madrid defender David Alaba has announced that he does not want the club’s number 4 shirt, released by Bernabeu legend Sergio Ramos, when he concludes his free transfer from Bayern Munich.
Ramos wore number four during his 16 years at Real and won five La Liga titles and four Champions League titles. Prior to that, he belonged to another legend in Fernando Hierro.
Alaba is the last player to inherit the Real Madrid jersey. He wasn’t weighed down by the pressure of such a prestigious shirt, but admitted that he could call another number if he could.
Ideally, the Austrian would like to keep wearing the number 27 shirt he wore during his decade at Bayern, beyond logic that shirt cannot be compared to others.
“The number 27 is number 27, I was worse at Bayern, not allowed in La Liga and the club wanted me to wear number four,” Alaba told Sport Bild.
“Sergio Ramos is an absolute legend. His performances on and off the pitch make him a role model. But I’m Alaba and I don’t want to be compared to anyone. I want to write my own story here.”
La Liga rules prohibit Alaba from winning 27 times at Real Madrid. First-team teams in the Spanish top flight can only contain jersey numbers from 1-25 as numbers one, 13 and 25 are for goalkeepers only.
Shirts over 25 may be worn, but only by players promoted by the club’s B team during the season and not by permanent members of the first team.
As such, Real’s number 27 jersey is currently registered for 21-year-old Castile midfielder Antonio Blanco, who divides his time between senior and reserve team levels.