France Football, organisers of the Ballon d’Or award, have announced that they will reward the year’s most effective goalkeeper with the ‘Yachine Trophy’, named following the former Soviet Union stopper Lev Yashin.
The ten nominees for the inaugural award will be announced on October 21, with the ceremony taking spot on two December.
Yashin – who played his whole club profession at Dynamo Moscow – is the only goalkeeper to have won the Ballon d’Or, carrying out so in 1963. The Yachine Trophy will seek to give additional recognition to goalkeepers, who historically struggle to compete with outfielders for the individual awards.
The Ballon d’Or itself will now be awarded to the most effective outfield player in the globe. Initially voted for by journalists, it is now a worldwide award with votes from international group managers and captains.
The favourite to win the Yachine Trophy is Liverpool quantity 1 Alisson. Obtaining arrived in Merseyside in 2018 in an estimated £67m deal from Roma, the Brazilian has established himself as a firm favourite at Anfield.
Alisson played a big function in transforming Liverpool’s defence – alongside Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho – as the Reds conceded just 22 league targets final season, the least in England’s leading flight.
The improvement he heavily contributed towards permitted Liverpool to finish with 96 points – their highest in the Premier League era – as Jurgen Klopp’s males had been pipped to the title by Man City.
Alisson, who lifted the Champions League trophy in June, won a hat-trick of Golden Glove awards in 2019 – in the Premier League, Champions League and Copa America.