The Brazilian duo have both been shortlisted for the prize along with Barcelona (opens in new tab) stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Ederson kept 20 clean sheets to help Manchester City (opens in new tab) to the Premier League title last season, while Alisson was instrumental in Liverpool’s (opens in new tab) Champions League triumph.
But Ederson was happy to concede that his rival, who played every minute of Brazil’s Copa America triumph over the summer, deserves the award more than he does.
“I think the three of us were the best, but I see Alisson one step ahead," Ederson said, as reported by the Mirror (opens in new tab).
"He was great in the Premier League, won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and had a great Copa America as well.
"So I think whoever wins will be deserving and I'm happy for two Brazilian goalkeepers to reach this level.
"We all know the great period that Alisson is living. And I'm having a good time too. Of course, these are opportunities."
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.
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