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Regular Football Behind Transformation Into World’s Best Goalie, Insists Alisson

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson says playing regularly has been the biggest determiner of his success since moving to Europe.

The Brazilian won the Yashin trophy for best goalkeeper in the world at Monday evening’s Ballon D’Or ceremony in Paris.

Manchester City’s Ederson finished in 3 rd place. Alisson was initially back-up to Wojciech Szczesny when he first arrived at Roma from Internacional.

Szczesny moved to Juventus, paving the way for Alisson to break into the Roma team, before moving to Liverpool in a £70m deal last summer.

“‘I’ve started to play more, that’s what has changed,” he said. “Szczesny arrived at Roma before me and started to play before me – and he did really well.

“It was the choice of the manager. I think I’ve just started to do my job and show my potential to everybody.

“‘I feel blessed to have my profession as a football player and goalkeeper. It’s something that makes me proud, makes my family happy and makes me be better as a person.”

Alisson also backed calls for a similar award to be handed to the best female goalkeeper, with the Ballon D’Or award now instituted for best female player.

“Yes, why not? We are speaking about making everything [on an] equal level, both women’s and men’s. It’s a good question. I think we can work towards that.”


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