Alisson Becker had an incredible first season at Liverpool as he helped the Reds secure their first – and sixth overall – Champions League title in 14 years, but has played down talk of him winning withe Ballon d’Or.
The Brazilian is the only goalkeeper worth talking about this year when it comes to the illustrious award, but it’s his position on the field that he thinks will play a part in his chances.
“I just limit myself to doing my job,” he’s quoted as saying by the Sport Bible. “There are a lot of top players aspiring for that prize. I’m just a goalkeeper.”
Defensive players aren’t used to winning the Ballon d’Or – It’s been 13 years since Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro won the award.
The 2006 Ballon d’Or was also the closest a goalkeeper has come to winning since Lev Yashin’s 1963 triumph as Gigi Buffon finished second to his fellow countryman.
Alison’s Brazil are up against Peru in the final of the 2019 Copa America, and are favourites to lift the coveted trophy on Sunday in what would be a perfect end to the season for Ali.
Questions were asked of the goalkeeper when he signed for the Reds for just under £70million – the most expensive stopper of all time, before Kepa signed for Chelsea in the same window.
He answered his critics on the field – the Brazilian kept 21 clean sheets in the Premier League and was awarded the Golden Glove for his efforts, but the Ballon d’Or will likely evade him.