Although Serie A giants Roma are still a serious side, the World Cup could springboard Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson to the big table
Everything suggests that Alisson has all the attributes needed to be the next great Brazilian goalkeeper. Over the past 25 years, the five-time world champions have been able to count on the services of the likes of Claudio Taffarel, Nelson Dida, Marcos Reis and Julio César. These goalkeeping giants have proven themselves at the highest level in world football, so is it time for the Roma goalkeeper to follow their footsteps on the road to greatness?
Manchester City confidence-man Ederson has stolen all the headlines since his move to England, and rightly so. However, one Brazilian goalkeeper who has been nothing short of brilliant throughout the course of this season, has somehow gone unnoticed. But now, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain are reportedly fighting for the signing of Roma’s number one, Alisson.
The 25-year-old has been the starting goalkeeper for Brazil’s national team, ever since goalkeeping coach Claudio Taffarel, in collaboration with former manager Carlos Dunga, decided to put their faith in him.
The gamble on the rising star from Rio Grande do Sul’s Internacional side has paid dividends, meaning that current Brazil manager Tite has kept him as the starter despite all the temptations from the fans and press to give Ederson the spot. It is not that the Man City goalie does not deserve his starting position, but it is more down to the fact that Alisson has not given his national team managers any reasons to drop him over the past two years.
This season is definitely the best one in Alisson’s career so far, as he has already kept 10 clean sheets in the Italian league and is fighting with Napoli’s Pepe Reina for the best goalkeeper title in Serie A. With his spectacular saves and ability to release the ball from the back and play the smart pass while not panicking under pressure, Alisson is the complete goalkeeper. The upcoming challenges will be decisive in his quest to achieve glory, as Roma are set to collide with Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League action, whereas Brazil are set to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup with hopes of redeeming self-esteem after the catastrophic exit in 2014.
If Alisson can maintain such a high level of performance, then the Brazilian’s dream move to a European giant could certainly happen next summer right after the main event in Russia. It would perhaps be the right moment for the rising star to take a step forward the way Ederson did by making the jump from Benfica to the globally-popular English league.
The World Cup is four months away and Brazil are one of the main contenders to achieve the title in Moscow. Over the past three editions, Gianluigi Buffon, Iker Casillas and Manuel Neuer are the goalkeepers who have lifted the cup. Alisson must raise his game to their standards, if he is to write his name in history.