Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson claims he cannot win the Ballon d’Or because he is “just a goalkeeper”. The Brazilian has shown sensational form since signing for Liverpool in a £67million deal from Roma last summer. He kept 21 clean sheets in the Premier League last term as the Reds went within a whisker of a first league title for 19 years. In all for club and country, Alisson recorded 38 shutouts over the course of the campaign and established himself as one of the world’s premier shot-stoppers – and helped Liverpool to the Champions League. He has not been beaten in his last nine outings and collected the Golden Glove award in the Premier League, Champions League and Copa America.
Alisson shrugged off talk of a Ballon d’Or challenge
But, speaking after Brazil’s victory over Argentina in the Copa America semi-finals, he shrugged off talk his form could put him in Ballon d’Or contention. “I just limit myself to doing my job,” he said. “There are a lot of top players aspiring for that prize. I’m just a goalkeeper.” Despite his claim, Alisson is the sixth most likely player to win the most coveted individual prize in world football – according to the bookies – behind Reds teammates Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, plus Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo .
Alisson’s Liverpool teammate Virgil van Dijk is favourite for the award
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Only one goalkeeper has ever won the Ballon d’Or, Lev Yashin of the Soviet Union in 1963. Manuel Neuer was the last keeper to make the top three, coming behind Ronaldo and Messi in 2014. Alisson will bid for a 10th clean sheet on the bounce when Brazil face Peru in the Copa America final on Sunday night.