“No doubt possible”: Brazilian legend Cafu supports Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold to win Ballon d’Or (but a few years ago he greeted Jon Flanagan!)
- Former AC Milan legend Cafu greeted Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold
- Cafu believes that the Englishman can win the Ballon d’Or in the future
- In 2014 and 2015, the Brazilian also received a lot of praise for Jon Flanagan
- The full-back has left Liverpool and is struggling to get a game for Rangers
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has the potential to become a future Ballon d’Or winner, according to two-time World Cup-winning full-back Cafu.
The legend from Brazil and AC Milan believes that he sees some of his own characteristics in the 2-year-old, who won the Champions League last season and is on track to cancel the Premier League this campaign.
Liverpool fans can, however, take on the fame with a pinch of salt, as Cafu also supported former Reds full-back and current Rangers defender Jon Flanagan as a world beater in 2014.
Trent Alexander-Arnold can lift the Ballon d’Or according to Cafu
About their current defender, Cafu said the mirror: “I think Alexander-Arnold is one of the best in the world, there is no doubt about that.
“He has great potential. I see many similarities between him and me when I played. I would say he has a Brazilian instinct in the way he plays.
‘My advice for him is simple: just keep doing what you have done in recent years. Alexander-Arnold must not change his way of playing. Even if he makes mistakes, he must continue to do what he does.
“I think he has everything to become a Ballon d’Or winner. We need to change this paradigm, with the Ballon d’Or only being won by attackers and strikers. “
Alexander-Arnold is one of the leading contenders for player of the year this season after a sensational campaign, in which he registered 10 assists, in addition to the 12 goals he created last year.
Jon Flanagan was tipped to achieve greatness by Cafu after breaking through in Liverpool
On Flanagan, Cafu said in 2014: “I heard about him for the first time by watching Premier League matches and watching his performance with other players,” said the 43-year-old.
“Then I started to see something new that he was the Red Cafu! So there is nothing better than coming to town and taking a picture with my successor.
“He is a good player; still young and under development, but is already getting recognition in Liverpool and he may even have a chance with the English national team. He will be a great English player in the future.
“He has speed, power and determination. He is an athlete who goes after him and never gives up. That is exactly what I used to do; there were no opportunities for me, no fatigue and no depression. “
Cafu lifted the world cup as captain in 2002, after he also won with Brazil in 1994