As we cross all our fingers and toes hoping that Alisson Becker will still be between the sticks at the Olimpico come late August, we were recently able to get a little glimpse into his childhood. Just last week, Alisson was featured on The Players Tribune in a piece called “This Is For My Brother”. In the piece written by Alisson himself, the man gives us a glimpse into his childhood.
As Alisson explains in the piece, he wasn’t always the calm, collected individual that we saw on a week-to-week basis with Roma last season. In fact, his own scouting report of himself at seven years old, which can be seen in the tweet above, shows that he was, well, just your typical seven year old. Alisson also talks about his development as a keeper and how things weren’t always so easy for him. He explains that he wasn’t one of those predestined type of players like Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas.
As the title suggests, the piece also details the impact that his older brother, Muriel, who is five years his senior, had on his development as a keeper. It’s refreshing to see the human side of one of our heroes, and remember that even he had to work hard to get where he is. It’s an interesting read, which I would recommend to all Roma fans out there. After reading you can go back to crossing all fingers and toes, and hope that we are fortunate enough to see Alisson with the lupo on his crest for another season.