Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has admitted Allison Becker is 'one step ahead', with the two going head-to-head for FIFA's Best goalkeeper award.
The two are rivals in the Premier League, and always battle for a starting berth while on international duty with the Brazil national team.
Allison had a phenomenal season following his arrival from Roma in July 2018, winning the Champions League and the Premier League's Golden Glove in his maiden campaign.
He also tasted glory with the Selecao, winning the Copa America in July to crown a brilliant campaign on individual and team level.
For this achievements and general play, Ederson sees his Brazilian compatriot as the frontrunner for the award, which will also be contested by Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
"I think the three of us were the best, but I see Alisson one step ahead," said Ederson.
"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."
Ederson will, however, be happy to wear the national team's jersey in Allison's absence, as he nurses an injury he suffered against Norwich in the Premier League opener.