We’ve all been saying it for years now, but it looks like we’re finally getting the footballing legends on our side. Brazilian defender Cafu spoke to the Daily Mail this weekend and correctly identified Trent Alexander-Arnold as one of the best players in the world and demanded (kind of, but we’re just going to go with it) that the right-back receive the Ballon d’Or he’s been denied until now.
“He’s not afraid to attack, defends well, good passer, hits a great free-kick. He will be a star at the next World Cup,” Cafu said. “He can take the position of right-back to another level.”
Alexander-Arnold has shown his mettle in the last few seasons, especially moving forward and in the counter attack. And while he hasn’t been at his best defensively this season, who are we to argue with Cafu when he’s demanding Trent get a few more trophies?
“I think we’ve started changing the narrative, the way people view full-backs,” Cafu added. “It’s not just the goalscorer who should be the best player in the world. It is totally wrong that some great players never won the Ballon d’Or because of their position.
“Nowadays, full-backs should be seen as the main protagonists in the game. Right-backs now should be the highest-paid players in every team.”
“Strikers just have to score. Midfielders, they pass. Goalkeepers make saves. Full-backs have to mark, cover centre-backs and midfield, get forward and cross, take shots and provide the link to strikers.”
Alexander-Arnold is definitely fantastic at doing most of the things on that list. Given he’s only 22 and still improving with every game, it’s more than likely that he’ll figure out the rest of it sooner rather than later.