Liverpool starlet Trent Alexander-Arnold hailed as a future Ballon d’Or winner after huge praise from Brazilian legend Cafu
Feb. 18, 2020
Ray Parlour believes Liverpool ace Trent Alexander-Arnold can be a future Ballon d’Or winner, after the youngster received huge praise from legendary full-back Cafu.
The Brazilian icon and two-time World Cup winner paid the 21-year-old the ultimate compliment in a recent interview.
Cafu branded Alexander-Arnold ’one of the best players in the world’ and said the Liverpool starlet shares a lot of similarities with the way he played the game.
He also said the right-back has ‘Brazilian instincts’ and even claimed the youngster has what it takes to become a Ballon d’Or winner.
“We have to change this paradigm where the Ballon d’Or is only won by attackers and strikers,” he told the Daily Mirror .
“People have to see that defenders are just as important as attackers.”
If there’s one player who can break that mould, Alexander-Arnold looks tailor-made for it – he arguably plays more like a winger than a traditional full-back.
Michael Owen was the last Englishman to win the award, and while he was still wearing a Liverpool shirt, while the Reds’ defensive rock Virgil van Dijk finished second in the voting behind Lionel Messi for last year’s award.
But Parlour agrees with Cafu and believes Alexander-Arnold has a great chance of taking home the gong later in his career.
Asked if Alexander-Arnold can win the Golden Ball award, the Arsenal legend said on talkSPORT: “I certainly believe he can.
“You’ve got a lot of quality players in that Liverpool side, but he’s improving all the time.
“He’s a young lad who is really down to earth , I really like the way he plays and conducts himself.
“He takes free-kicks in dangerous areas, and that just shows you how good he is.
“He players like a winger, he’s got energy, he gets forward and his delivery into the box is absolutely superb.
“And it’s not a one-off, Trent does it on a regular basis.”
Watch a clip of Ray Parlour on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above
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