David Olatukunbo Alaba was born on June 24, 1992, into a royal family. His father George Alaba was a prince of Agere, in an ancient town in Nigeria and his mother Gina Alaba belong of Filipino descent. He has a sister, Rose.
He began his career as a youth at SV Aspern in 2001, following which he moved to Austria Wien in 2002. After 6 years there, in 2008, Bayern Munich signed him. In 2011, he made his senior debut after returning from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim where he had been loaned to.
He holds the record for being Austria’s youngest player, having made his debut in 2009 at the age of 17 years old. He has played in a variety of positions, including central midfield and right and left wing, but he sprang to prominence as a talented left defender in spring 2012, a position that Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes expected Alaba to continue in.
Alaba began his career with SV Aspern, his hometown club in Aspern’s 22nd district, Donaustadt, before joining FK Austria Wien’s development system at the age of ten. He quickly progressed through the ranks, eventually being named to the first-team replacements’ bench for a Bundesliga match in April 2008.
Before joining Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga in the summer of 2008, he previously played five times for Austria Wien’s reserve squad. He was called up to the senior Austrian national team for a match against France in October 2009 as an Austrian at under-17, under-19, and under-21 level.
He was the youngest player in the history of the Austrian national team when he made his debut. On October 16, 2012, he scored his first goal for Austria in a World Cup Qualifying match against Kazakhstan at home, which Austria won 4–0.
In 2011, Alaba, just 19 years old, earned the prestigious Austrian Footballer of the Year award. He earned the award for the second year in a row in December 2012.
On September 10, 2013, Alaba scored the game’s only goal in the 84th minute to give Austria a 1–0 victory over Ireland. He scored the game-winning goal in Austria’s 3–0 victory over the Faroe Islands in the final qualification match. With six goals, Alaba finished the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign as Austria’s leading scorer.
Alaba’s main source of income comes from his professional career as a football player. The income comes from contracts, salaries, bonuses and endorements. As of 2021, his net worth is estimated to be $25 million euros and his salary is $13 million. Currently, his market value is around $70 million.
His main endorsement deals include Adidas and HypoVereinsbank. He owns an Audi R8 and A8 W12.