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Trent Alexander-Arnold backed to one day win the Ballon d’Or by Brazil legend

Trent Alexander-Arnold is ‘one of the best in the world’ and has been backed as a future winner of the Ballon d’Or by Brazil legend Cafu.

The Liverpool star has developed into one of the finest attacking full-backs in world football, playing a crucial role in the club’s recent successes including lifting the Champions League last season.

This season the right-back has continued to go from strength to strength, starring during the Reds’ record-breaking start to the Premier League season and providing ten assists for the campaign so far.

Alexander-Arnold’s performances have not gone unnoticed by former full-back and World Cup-winning captain Cafu, who sees similarities between his own game and the 21-year-old who he believes is already one of the best players in world football.

“I think ­Alexander-Arnold is one of the best in the world, no doubt about it,” Cafu 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.

“So, yes, I can see lots of similarities between him and me when I was playing.

“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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