Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker “deserves to receive the Ballon d’Or” for his consistently strong displays and Champions League success, says his old coach Daniel Pavan.
Alisson has unquestionably established himself as one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers over the past two seasons at both AS Roma and Liverpool.
In this short space of time, the 26-year-old has become a Champions League winner, the world’s second-most expensive keeper in history and helped Brazil to Copa America glory this summer.
In fact, Alisson only conceded one goal in the Selecao’s six Copa America games and won the Premier League Golden Glove award in his debut campaign at Liverpool.
And FIFA formally recognised the Brazil international’s performances over the past 12 months by selecting him as one of 10 candidates for The Best award.
But Pavan, who has known Alisson since he was 10 at Internacional, believes his compatriot deserves the ultimate award in the Ballon d’Or.
“I believe that because of Alisson’s level of performance, his regularity and winning the Champions League he has total conditions to be a nominee and even deserves to receive the Ballon d’Or,” he told ESPN.
“I think it’s a good opportunity to show that goalkeepers also deserve to earn this honour.”
The last goalkeeper to win the Ballon d’Or was Dynamo Moscow legend Lev Yashin in 1963.
Meanwhile, Pavan also spoke fondly of Manchester City keeper Ederson. He even got the nod over Alisson for the PFA Team of the Year.
But it’s the Liverpool man who is the number one when it comes to representing the Brazilian national team.
“They are very similar goalkeepers,” said Pavan on Alisson and Ederson.
“Both have an excellent game with their feet, know how to get off the goalline very well, are very firm and secure.
“I think Alisson comes in a better sequence – more top performances for club and country – and is the best goalkeeper in the world today.
“He has the confidence of [Brazil goalkeeper coach Claudio] Taffarel and [manager] Tite, they rely heavily on him and that’s why he holds the shirt for the Selecao.”
Alisson and Ederson will go head-to-head for Liverpool and City respectively for Sunday’s Community Shield clash. The match will begin at 16:00 (CET).