Talking at a press convention forward of Italy’s World Cup Qualifier towards Bulgaria, Jorginho dismissed claims suggesting he’s the favourite for the Ballon d’Or this time round. The Chelsea midfielder mentioned:
“I’ll allow you to discuss in regards to the Ballon d’Or, I’m simply making an attempt to benefit from the second. There are nonetheless just a few months to go earlier than that call is made and I’m targeted on relishing the current, then we’ll see what occurs.”
Jorginho had a implausible 2020-21 season for each membership and nation. The 29-year-old performed an important position in serving to Chelsea win the 2021 Champions League towards Manchester Metropolis.
Following his success with Chelsea, Jorginho then went on to play one other key position in Italy’s Euro 2020 overcome England. These accolades have cemented Jorginho as a possible Ballon d’Or winner.
Jorginho is about to face off towards Lionel Messi, whose accomplishments with Argentina have additionally made him one other candidate for the award.
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has echoed these claims, suggesting Messi is at present the favourite for the 2021 Ballon d’Or. Again in July, Zola mentioned:
“Now we’re speaking a few implausible participant like Messi who did extraordinary issues for the primary time together with his nationwide crew – and this would possibly not go unnoticed.”
Nonetheless, Zola additionally admitted that ought to the Ballon d’Or be awarded to Jorginho, it could even be deserved.
“Ought to they offer it to Jorginho? It will be deserved. He provides concrete stability and tempo to his groups. I used to be fortunate to have him at Chelsea and I do know what he does on the pitch.
“It will be deserved as a result of not solely have been his performances at a excessive stage, however the groups he performed for have been excellent. This should be taken under consideration.”
A Chelsea participant has by no means lifted the Ballon d’Or
Regardless of being one of the vital profitable groups in England, Chelsea has by no means seen any of its gamers carry the celebrated Ballon d’Or trophy.
The one time somebody from Chelsea got here near profitable the Golden Ball was in 2005 when Frank Lampard completed runner-up to Barcelona’s Ronaldinho.
Jorginho will change into Chelsea’s first recipient of the Ballon d’Or if he beats Lionel Messi to it.
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