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    Friday, 12 June 2020

    Former Liverpool star blast Cafu says Trent Alexander-Arnold can never win Ballon d'Or

    Danny Murphy has responded to Cafu's claim that Trent Alexander-Arnold can become Ballon d'Or winner in the future



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    Murphy says Trent Alexander-Arnold will never win a Ballon d'Or despite him being a "wonderful talent", simply because he's a right-back.



    The former Fulham and Liverpool midfielder spoke out about the young Liverpool defender after legendary Brazilian full-back and World Cup winner Cafu heaped praise on him.



    Cafu referred to Alexander-Arnold as a "sensational player" and a "rare talent", adding he has the potential to one day win the highly coveted Ballon d'Or award.



    Speaking to talkSPORT, Murphy agrees Alexander-Arnold is a world-class operator but can't see him winning a Ballon d'Or due to attacking players always being preferred.

    "I think he could've praised him without talking about the Ballon d'Or," he said.

    "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."

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