The headline isn’t misleading you at all: Bayern Munich’s Alvaro Odriozola is in an elite, nay, unique category of top-flight champions that no one else in Europe’s top five leagues can equal. That’s right: on one has won more than Odriozola in elite European football.
Because he was loaned out to Bayern in the winter, Odriozola will technically collect a winner’s medal for La Liga with Real Madrid and for the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich. Real clinched the La Liga title yesterday with a 2-1 win over Villareal, while Barcelona fell 2-1 to Osasuna. Odriozola had made 4 league appearances and 1 Champions League appearance for Real before he was loaned to Bayern.
Sure, since arriving at Bayern in the winter transfer window, Odriozola has played a total of 9 times across competitions, for a grand total of 160 minutes, but he remains a valuable part of the squad. Bayern extended his loan so that he could stay on the squad for the remainder of the Champions League, just like Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho.
As far as we can see, no one else in Europe’s top five leagues has won two leagues this season. There was a case for Alphonse Areola, who won La Liga with Real Madrid while on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, but he went to Madrid in September 2019 and he’ll be going back to PSG on July 20th. Technically, Areola will only collect a La Liga winner’s medal, and not the Ligue 1 medal as well.
Bayern’s own Kingsley Coman, who has won the league trophy in every year of his professional career, completed the unorthodox double-champion in the 2015/16 season when he collected winner’s medals with both Bayern and Juventus.
But the fact but Odriozola has achieving the feat while playing so few minutes just makes it so much sweeter. That’s not to mention the fact that Odrizola’s loan cost Bayern around €15 million. For that amount, we’re certainly entitled to have a double winner! Could we even say treble, since Odriozola has also won the DFB-Pokal? And if Bayern wins the Champions League, will he be a quadruple-winner?
Truly, few can win as much as Alvaro Odriozola.
If only the BunDucksLiga were still around, Odriozola could pilot Bayern’s duck drone and contend for a record-smashing five trophies this season!