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Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT that he does not believe Trent Alexander-Arnold will ever win the Ballon d’Or award.

The 21-year-old right-back has garnered huge approval since bursting onto the scene, with Brazilian legend Cafu repeatedly singing his praises.

Cafu believes Trent could win one of the individual awards recognising him as the world’s best footballer

Cafu believes Trent could win one of the individual awards recognising him as the world’s best footballer

“He’s a sensational player, a rare talent,” Cafu told FIFA.com.

“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.

“He’s technically brilliant, he has so much quality. He has a Brazilian style of play.

“I love watching him play. And playing in such a great team will help him grow.”

There are now two awards in this category – FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award, plus the Ballon d’Or

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There are now two awards in this category – FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award, plus the Ballon d’Or

However, ex-Liverpool man Murphy thinks Cafu’s praise was unrealistic.

“I think he could’ve praised him without talking about the Ballon d’Or,” Murphy said on White and Sawyer on talkSPORT.

“The Ballon d’Or is generally for the goalscorers and the superstars isn’t it?

“But he is a wonderful, wonderful talent…

Murphy won a number of trophies at Liverpool

Murphy won a number of trophies at Liverpool

“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?”

Modric claimed the 2018 Ballon d’Or

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Modric claimed the 2018 Ballon d’Or

“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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