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    Sunday, 16 February 2020

    Cafu - Trent Alexander-Arnold can be Ballon d'Or winner

    Brazil football legend Cafu has tipped Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold to be future Ballon d'Or winner

    The former Roma and AC Milan star who lifted domestic titles in his homeland as well as the Champions League during a glittering career is regarded as one of the greatest right-backs of all time.

    Cafu is best remembered for his rampaging runs up the wing – the type of which Alexander-Arnold currently specialises in.

    The former Brazil international is being astonished with Alexander-Arnold and how the former youth player has been impressive since breaking into Jurgen Klopp's first team.

    Cafu believe the 21-year-old has a bright future ahead where he can become the world's best player.

    "I think Alexander-Arnold is one of the best in the world, no doubt about it," he told the Mirror.

    "He’s a great player – and I would say he has the same characteristics as I did.

    "He has got big potential. He is strong and skilful, he really takes the game forward and he's a player who sets up goals for Liverpool.

    "I would say he's got a Brazilian instinct in the way he plays.

    "My advice for him is simple: just keep doing what you have been doing for the last few years.

    "Alexander-Arnold shouldn't change his way of playing. Even if he makes mistakes, he should carry on doing what he’s doing.

    "I think he 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.

    "People have to see that defenders are just as ­important as attackers."

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