Danny Murphy says Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold “won’t win the Ballon d’Or” in his career because it’s an award reserved for attackers.
Alexander-Arnold has established himself as one of Europe’s most exciting attacking full-backs and he is currently two assists away from his record of 16 set last season at Liverpool.
And Brazil legend Cafu recently claimed that the England international could win the Ballon d’Or in the future if he kept up his current level of performances.
Speaking to FIFA, Cafu said: “He’s a sensational player, a rare talent.
“If he keeps playing the way he has been, he will be regarded as one of the best players in the world. He has the potential to win [The Best FIFA Men’s Player] award.”
However, former Liverpool midfielder Murphy doesn’t think Alexander-Arnold will ever win the biggest individual award in the world.
Murphy told talkSPORT: “I think he could’ve praised him without talking about the Ballon d’Or.
“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.”