BRAZILIAN legend Cafu believes that Trent Alexander-Arnold could be a future Ballon d’Or winner… but Aaron Wan-Bissaka is the better defender, claims Gary Neville.
This isn’t the first time that Cafu has waxed lyrical about Liverpool’s superstar right-back, having showered him with praise back in February.
The World Cup-winning defender told Fifa.com: “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.
“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.”
The Reds’ No66 has produced a sensational 12 assists in 29 Premier League outings this season – matching his tally from last year with nine games still to play.
When asked to compare Alexander-Arnold with Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, pundit Gary Neville conceded that the Liverpool star is ahead for now, but that the latter is more reliable defensively.
He said on an Instagram Live: “At this moment in time, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is the better defender.
“But Trent going forward… I’ve not seen someone like it since Cafu.
“So Trent is ahead at this point but Wan-Bissaka has settled really well and will be important in these next few years.”
While Wan-Bissaka, a year Alexander-Arnold’s senior at 22, has produced a modest two assists in his debut season at Manchester United, he certainly excels in his defensive stats.
Only Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira has completed more than the former Crystal Palace star’s 99 tackles this season.
And Wan-Bissaka has also made two interceptions a match this term – in addition to his 3.8 tackles per game.