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My Probably Bad Take: If David Alaba leaves, Bayern Munich should pursue modern-day football’s “Captain Clutch”

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Replacing a leader with another leader - Bayern Munich and Real Madrid can unknowingly get involved in a swap deal.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Semi Final
“This is a footballer who can make you feel like stabbing yourself in the eye with a skewer in sheer bile-soaked frustration at his horrendous antics, while also gurgling with laughter and in between purring with pure sporting pleasure at the sheer quality of his football.” - TheGuardian.com
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At Bavarian Football Works, we are using this midseason break to expose ourselves (phrasing!). When working on Bayern Munich news and opinions on 24x7x365 basis, the entire staff develops some very good — and some very, very bad — takes. Whether these takes are relevant to past, present, or future opinions, we are going to let you in on some of the stupid things we think as part of a series. Without further ado, BFW will let is all hang out (damn it! phrasing again!).


I’ll be honest: I believe David Alaba leaving Bayern Munich at the end of this season will be the club’s biggest loss of the decade. He isn’t just one of the world’s best full-backs and ball-playing center-backs. We’re talking about a club icon here, a player who was destined to join the company of Messrs Bayern, alongside Uli Hoeness and Thomas Muller.

That said, if he joins La Liga champions Real Madrid, the transfer just might take a fatal turn. In addition to dealing with the loss of coach Hansi Flick’s chief-in-defense, the Bavarians will be strengthening their second-biggest, if not the biggest rival in Europe. But to minimize the loss, Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, before his retirement at the end of the season, can present one player as a parting gift to coach Flick.

Here comes my bad take:


My Probably Bad Take: Bayern Munich should sign Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos

Still regarded as one of the best and most complete center-backs in the world, Spain and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is exactly the kind of player who can fill Alaba’s void. A leader in every area of the pitch and also off of it, El Capitano’s anticipation skills remain unmatched to this day and very few (including our own Alaba) have his killer range of passing.

FBL-EUR-C1-REAL MADRID-BAYERN MUNICH Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images

He is a man for the big moment, someone who thrives under pressure and plays with the “intent” that runs through a champion’s blood. To no one’s surprise, he is the toughest player Robert Lewandowski and Müller (world’s best and second-best player, respectively) has ever faced.

Ramos is a complete package, a player who leads by example and a fearless personality who likes to live life on the edge. His uncanny heading prowess means the German giants will extend their goal-scoring threat to set-pieces territory as well. Above all, Madrid’s captain clutch is a fighter who is willing to do ANYTHING to earn his team a win.

The Spaniard’s on-pitch antics also happen to be “world class”, so to speak. But if he is playing in a Die Roten shirt, Ramos’ dark arts will be the least thing we will have to worry about. On the contrary, they will prove to be an asset in tough times.

Four-time UEFA Champions League winner Ramos has failed to reach an agreement with Los Blancos. He will be a free agent at the end of this season, similar to Alaba. It is being reported that Paris-Saint Germain and Manchester United are also in the running for his signature. However, no club, regardless of their financial capacity, can compete with the allure of sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić’s PowerPoints.

Our frontline has always been a cause for fear among oppositions of all kinds. With Ramos, we might as well instill in them a feeling of helplessness, at the other end of the pitch.