Thomas Muller and David Alaba have become the joint most decorated players in Bundesliga history as a result of Bayern Munich’s ninth consecutive title, which is the 10th of their respective careers.
Bayern sealed the title before even playing, with Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 win over RB Leipzig ensuring the leaders cannot now be caught in the remaining games of the season.
Bayern dominate the records. A number of players have eight Bundesliga titles to their name, with Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Oliver Kahn, Arjen Robben, Mehmet Scholl, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez all on that number.
Former Bayern star Franck Ribery has nine and has now been joined by Robert Lewandowski, who won his first two with Dortmund, and Manuel Neuer.
But, having previously been level with Ribery, who left Bayern in 2019, Muller and Alaba are now the first ever players to have achieved 10 Bundesliga titles.
Each player won their first way back in 2009/10 under the guidance of former Bayern coach Louis van Gaal, who had a reputation for developing young talent.
Muller played every Bundesliga game during the 2009/10 title win and Alaba was just 17 at the time and made only a handful of appearances.
By the 2012/13 season when Bayern won their next title, Alaba had caught up and was himself also increasingly a regular in the championship-winning side led by Jupp Heynckes.
The titles have flowed ever since. Both Muller and Alaba have picked up further Bundesliga trophies in 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and now 2020/21.
For Alaba, the 10th will be his last…for now at least. The Austria international is leaving Bayern as a free agent at the end of the season and is widely expected to join Real Madrid.
Edited by Tiyani wa ka Mabasa