They challenged each other at Bayern

David Alaba and Robert Lewandowski know each other well after spending seven successful seasons together at Bayern Munich, winning the Bundesliga every year. But this year, on opposing sides of the BarcelonaReal Madrid rivalry, there can be only one winner.

Lewandowski‘s arrival in LaLiga Santander also means the arrival of another rivalry: the one he has with Alaba when it comes to freekicks. The pair famously used to stay behind after Bayern training sessions and challenge each other.

They took their training competitions seriously and things would get heated as they tried to one-up each other. Now, they’ll have to do so on the pitch, as they share a league but not a dressing room anymore.

Advantage Alaba

In this particular contest, the Austrian has taken the early lead after scoring a freekick in Real Madrid‘s opening game of the season, a comeback win over Almeria. Over to you, Lewandowski.

For BayernAlaba was the no.1 set piece taker, even with the Polish striker on the pitch. He scored 11 freekick goals during his time in Bavaria.

Lewandowski, meanwhile, scored six freekicks in Germany, five with Bayern and one for Borussia Dortmund. So he’s got some ground to make up in Spain.

However, when it came to penalties, Lewa was the undisputed king, scoring 58 from 64. Alaba converted just three of six attempts.

Alaba, Cristiano, Ceballos

Alaba gives Real Madrid something they haven’t had in a while: a credible threat from direct freekicks. He’s already got two in a Real Madrid jersey, more than anyone else in the current squad, ahead of Dani CeballosToni KroosNacho and Marco Asensio.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored 33 freekick goals during his time in Madrid, but he took a whopping 444 attempts to reach that total, giving him a conversion rate of under eight percent.