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Alisson downplays Ballon d’Or hopes: “I’m just a keeper”

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Alisson Becker doesn’t have much confidence in his chances of becoming only the second goalkeeper in history to win the Ballon d’Or award.

Following a standout two seasons in Italy and England, Alisson’s place as one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers is unquestionable. Although there are some, like Alexander Doni, who reckon he’s the best in the business.

Regardless, though, Alisson’s progress in the past two years has seen him become a Champions League winner at Liverpool, the world’s second-most expensive keeper in history and the undisputed number one in the Brazilian national team.

The 26-year-old has, therefore, been touted as a worthy recipient for the 2019 Ballon d’Or award. Should he win the prize, then he will become the first keeper since Lev Yashin in 1963 to do so.

However, Alisson himself is refusing to get carried away over all the hype surrounding him at the moment.

“I just limit myself to doing my job,” said Alisson, according to Marca.

“There are a lot of top players aspiring for that prize. I’m just a goalkeeper.”

Despite what he says, though, Alisson has only bolstered his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or following an impressive showing for Brazil in the Copa America.

The Liverpool star hasn’t conceded even one goal throughout the entire tournament to help the Selecao reach the final at home.

Furthermore, it’s now been 846 minutes in nine matches since he last saw the ball go into the back of his net. That came on May 4 in a 3-2 Premier League win over Newcastle United.

Not even five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi could beat him in Brazil’s 2-0 semi-final win over Argentina on Wednesday.

“Stopping his [Messi’s] shots is a combination of preparation and intuition,” said Alisson.

Brazil will face Peru in the Copa America final on Sunday at the Maracana.

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL – JULY 02: Alisson Becker of Brazil makes a save during the Copa America Brazil 2019 Semi Final match between Brazil and Argentina at Mineirao Stadium on July 02, 2019 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Felipe Oliveira/Getty Images)