Alisson Ramses Becker, known as Alisson Becker or simply Alisson, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for the Brazil national team. He has been praised for his crucial saves, positioning and distribution, and is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and by some as the best shot-stopper in the Premier League. Alisson began his career at Internacional, where he made over 100 appearances and won the Campeonato Gaúcho in each of his four seasons at the club. In 2016, he completed a €7.5 million transfer to Roma where he initially served as understudy to Wojciech Szczęsny before breaking into the starting line-up. In July 2018, Alisson signed for Liverpool for an initial fee of €62.5 million (£56m), which could rise to €72 million (£66.8 million); a world record fee for a goalkeeper at the time. In his first season at the club he received the Premier League Golden Glove for most clean sheets in the league (21), and kept another clean sheet as Liverpool won the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final. Alisson represented Brazil at various youth levels before making his senior international debut in 2015 whereafter he represented the nation at the Copa América Centenario in 2016, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the 2019 Copa América, winning the latter tournament, while also being named the best goalkeeper.
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Alisson officially completed his transfer to Italian Serie A side Roma in July 2016. He made his debut for the club on 17 August 2016, starting in a 1–1 UEFA Champions League draw with FC Porto, but spent the majority of the season as understudy to Polish international Wojciech Szczęsny. He ultimately made 15 appearances across all competitions from the season but failed to feature in any league fixtures. Szczęsny departed at the start of the following campaign for Juventus, which saw Alisson assume the number one jersey. He later revealed that he would have considered leaving Roma had he not been guaranteed more first-team football. Alisson finally made his Serie A debut on the opening weekend of the 2017–18 Serie A campaign, starting in a 1–0 win over Atalanta. He then made his first appearance in the Derby della Capitale on 18 November, starting in a 2–1 win over local rivals Lazio. He was praised for his performances in the UEFA Champions League, and played a key role in the club’s campaign in which they reached the semi-finals. The club didn’t concede a single goal at the Stadio Olimpico in the Champions League, until the match against Liverpool in the semi-finals on 2 May 2018, which they won 4–2 on the night, but lost 7–6 on aggregate. Alisson received praise for his performances throughout the 2017–18 season. He kept a total of 22 clean sheets across the 2017–18 season, keeping 17 clean sheets in the league and 5 clean sheets in the UEFA Champions League. On 19 July 2018, Liverpool officially confirmed the signing of Alisson for a fee of £66.8 million (€72.5 million), making him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, surpassing the transfers of Ederson (most expensive in pound sterling) and Gianluigi Buffon (most expensive in Euros).
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After representing Brazil at under-17 and under-20 levels, Alisson was called up to the main squad by manager Dunga for the first two matches of the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign against Chile and Venezuela. He made his debut against the latter on 13 October, starting in a 3–1 win at the Castelão. On 5 May 2016, Alisson was named to Brazil’s 23-man squad for the Copa América Centenario. In the team’s first match, a goalless draw against Ecuador, he fumbled a Miller Bolaños shot into his own goal that was waved off because the ball had gone out of play beforehand. He conceded a total of two goals in three matches as Brazil were eliminated in the group stage. In May 2018, Alisson was selected in the final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He was ever-present as Brazil made it to the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Belgium. In May 2019, he was included by manager Tite in Brazil’s 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa América on home soil. Throughout the tournament, he only conceded one goal in six matches, as Brazil went on to win the title. The only match in which Alisson failed to keep a clean sheet was the 3–1 final victory against Peru on 7 July, at the Maracanã Stadium, in which he was beaten by a Paolo Guerrero penalty. Following the tournament, Alisson was honoured with the Best Goalkeeper Award for his performances. Alisson’s elder brother Muriel is also a goalkeeper and was developed at Internacional. The family are of German descent. He is a Catholic. In addition to his native Portuguese, Alisson also speaks English. In May 2019, he was appointed a goodwill ambassador by the World Health Organization. Alisson married Natalia Loewe in 2015, having been together since 2012. They have a daughter called Helena, born in April 2017. Their son, Matteo, was born on 14 June 2019. On June 1st 2019, after he kept a clean sheet for Liverpool as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 in the Champions League 2019 final, making eight saves in the process, to win his first trophy with the club, after joining his team-mates on stage to receive his winners’ medal and lift the Champions League trophy, Alisson then made sure to involve his wife and child in proceedings. He video called them from the pitch, putting the medal in his mouth as he showed off his family to the world. Alisson Becker’s wife, Natalia Loewe, didn’t travel to the game because she is pregnant with the couple’s next child.