Danny Murphy has claimed that Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold “won’t win the Ballon d’Or” in his career as it’s an award reserved for attackers.
Alexander-Arnold has established himself as one of Europe’s most exciting attacking full-backs, and he is currently just two assists away from his record of 16 set last season.
And Brazil legend Cafu, widely regarded as the best right-back to ever play the game, recently claimed that the England international could win the Ballon d’Or in the future if he kept up his current level of performances.
Speaking to FIFA, Cafu said: “He’s a sensational player, a rare talent.
“If he keeps playing the way he has been, he will be regarded as one of the best players in the world. He has the potential to win [The Best FIFA Men’s Player] award.”
However, former Liverpool midfield star Murphy doesn’t think Alexander-Arnold will ever win the biggest individual award in the world.
Murphy told talkSPORT: “I think he could’ve praised him without talking about the Ballon d’Or.
“The Ballon d’Or is generally for the goalscorers and the superstars isn’t it?
“But he is a wonderful, wonderful talent…
“He won’t win the Ballon d’Or. I think even in a midfield position it’s difficult. Can he score goals from midfield and bend in free-kicks and open defences with his passing? Yes.
“But will that ever be enough to be enough to win a Ballon d’Or? [Luka] Modric won one, didn’t he?” Yeah, it’s possible, you never say never, but I don’t think so.
“There’s that much talent around at the moment, defensively you think a centre-half like Virgil van Dijk would probably be one of the few who has the capability.
“But he’s on a different level because he’s an out-and-out defender.”
Neville wades in on TAA, Wan-Bissaka debate with two conclusions
Gary Neville has explained his belief that while Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is better going forward, Manchester United counterpart Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a better defender.
The two English stars have been the centre of a debate this season about who, overall, is the better player.
Alexander-Arnold has established himself as one of Europe’s most exciting attacking full-backs and he is currently two assists away from his record of 16 set last season.
The Liverpool man is also an England international – with Wan-Bissaka in the Three Lions’ Under-21 set-up – but the Red Devils defender has been famed for his defending.
With just over a year separating them – with Wan-Bissaka the oldest of the pair – Neville spoke on an Instagram live video (via the Liverpool Echo) about the debate about the two Premier League stars. Read more…