Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool could win the Ballon d’Or one day, according to Brazil legend Pele.
“Coutinho is a player I think we should all look at too because he is excellent for his team.”
However, he singled out Neymar as the most likely to win the award for Brazil stating:
“No doubts at the moment though that Neymar is the one.”
Coutinho has grown into one of the Premier League’s best players since arriving from Inter Milan for £8.5m in 2013, per the Express.
The 25-year-old was subject to a big money move to Barcelona this summer, despite signing a new five-year contract back in January. Liverpool insisted he was not for sale and respective £70m, £90m, and £118m bids by the Catalan giants being rejected even though the midfielder had handed in a transfer request last month.
Coutinho scored in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Ecuador in their World Cup qualifier match after missing Liverpool’s first five games of the season due to a back injury, per BBC Sport.
Fans will argue that Coutinho has the ability and potential to become the world’s best player one year but some will feel that the non-move to Barcelona will prevent him achieving a Ballon d’Or any time soon.