Alisson Becker doesn’t believe he can win the Ballon d’Or this year – but he has a better chance than he thinks.
“I just limit myself to doing my job,” he said, as reported by Marca, when asked about his chances. “There are a lot of top players aspiring for that prize.
“I’m just a goalkeeper.”
The fact is, though, he’s not just a goalkeeper. Alisson has had the best season of any goalkeeper for quite some time since joining Liverpool for £66.8m.
You can point to Manul Neuer’s 2014 as another example. The German was the key man for Germany as they won the World Cup. But Alisson’s year is different – he’s been the standout goalkeeper in every competition he’s played.
There’s the Premier League, where he won the Golden Glove as Liverpool racked up 97 points and finished second. Then the Champions League, where he once again won the Golden Glove, only this time he also won the competition.
And now, at the Copa America, Alisson has once again won the Golden Glove as Brazil lifted the trophy.
If any outfield player enjoyed this level of dominance, they’d be hailed as favourites. We’ve seen the likes of Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo win the award based purely on individual competitions, rather than dominating everything.
Alisson – after winning both the Champions League and Copa America – will surely be a hot favourite for the Ballon d’Or. He has certainly earned it.