Munich - The accolades continue to pour in for FC Bayern München superstar David Alaba, who was voted Austria's Sportsman of the Year for a second year running on Thursday evening.
In 2013 Alaba became the first footballer to win the prize since former 1. FC Köln and Borussia Mönchengladbach legend Toni Polster, and once again had to beat off competition from the Alpine Republic’s winter sports stars. Downhill skier Marcel Hirscher, last year's runner-up, finished just a point behind Austrian international Alaba, who was recognised for assuming a leading role for both club and country over the last 12 months. The prize, voted for by Austrian journalists, was awarded at the
Nacht des Sports
gala evening in Vienna. However, with the Reds preparing to take on Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga
on Saturday, Alaba made a brief appearance via a video link-up to pick up his prize in Bavaria. “I’m going mad!” said the 22-year-old to the club's official Twitter account. “Austrian Sportsman of the Year for a second time! Thank you! I’m absolutely delighted! ”