Having convinced the critics to unanimously deem him best goalkeeper at the World Cup, the Brazilian won the triple of prizes allocated to the player that best dominates the space between the posts. He is receiving the Globe Soccer award at the end of a year that saw him win accolades as IFFHS Goalkeeper of the Year as well as Best Goalkeeper in The Best FIFA Football Awards.
It only took a few years for Alisson to ascend to the heights of global football, first reaching the semi-final with Roma and then winning, a year later, the European title, during his first season in England with Liverpool.
Alisson Becker has been named Goalkeeper of the Season for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League.
In his first season with the Reds following a move from Roma, Alisson wore the No13 shirt but was a lucky charm throughout as Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League – making key saves in the tight final in Madrid. The 26-year-old Brazilian also kept 21 Premier League clean sheets, landing the division’s Golden Glove award.
Goalkeeper of the Season voting*
1 Alisson Becker (Liverpool) – 334 points
2 Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona) – 136 points
3 Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – 105 points
4 Jan Oblak (Atlético) – 36 points
5 André Onana (Ajax) – 28 points
6 Ederson (Manchester City) – 20 points
7 Samir Handanović (Inter) – 3 points
8= Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus) – 2 points
8= David de Gea (Manchester United) – 2 points
*Only nine goalkeepers were voted for
Alisson’s 2018-2019 in Numbers
Honours: UEFA Champions League, Premier League runner-up
Individual accolades: UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season, Premier League Golden Glove
UEFA Champions League Appearances: 13 Minutes: 1170 Clean sheets: 6 Goals conceded: 12
Domestic League Appearances: 38 Clean sheets: 21
“If I knew Alisson was this good, I would have paid double.“ Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager
“Alisson is everything a modern goalkeeper needs to be. I have been watching him for some years now and am a big admirer. He is comfortable with the ball, he is an excellent shot-stopper and I see that he gives confidence to his defence.“ Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus goalkeeper
How Alisson was chosen
The jury comprised the coaches of the 32 clubs in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA’s member associations. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams.
Jury members chose their top three players per position, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. The player who received the most points in each category was named the winner.
Alisson Becker is a safe pair of hands between the sticks for Liverpool.
He arrived to the club in July 2018 from AS Roma and enjoyed an incredible first season on Merseyside.
Having penned a long-term deal, the goalkeeper was an immediate starter for Jürgen Klopp’s side, wearing the No.13 shirt.
He began his Liverpool career with a clean sheet in a 4-0 win over West Ham United at Anfield in the 2018-19 Premier League opener.
He played every minute of the Reds’ domestic campaign and made history when he became the club’s first goalkeeper to win the Premier League Golden Glove award in over a decade after recording 21 clean sheets.
The Brazil international was crucial in helping Liverpool win the Champions League for the sixth time. He preserved the Reds’ spot in the knockout stages of the 2018-19 competition with a crucial late save against Napoli in matchday six win back in December 2018.
Alisson was then impenetrable in the Madrid final, making a series of interventions to deny Tottenham Hotspur as Klopp’s men won 2-0.
It was announced in April 2019 that Alisson would switch from No.13 to No.1 at the start of the 2019-20 campaign.