Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker says improved playing chances has led him to being named the best in the world.
Alisson won the the inaugural Yashin Trophy last night in Paris.
He was asked about his transition from AS Roma's 'benched keeper' behind Wojciech Szczesny, now of Juventus, prior to his arrival at Anfield, to being an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool squad and the club's quest for a long-awaited Premier League title.
The 27-year-old admitted the transformation is simply as a result of regularly being given the opportunity to demonstrate his qualities.
"I've started to play more, that's what has changed. Szczesny arrived at Roma before me and started to play before me – and he did really well. It was the choice of the manager. I think I've just started to do my job and show my potential to everybody."
He added: "I feel blessed to have my profession as a football player and goalkeeper. It's something that makes me proud, makes my family happy and makes me be better as a person."