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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Gianfranco Zola believes Chelsea and Italy star Jorginho ‘deserves’ to win Ballon d’Or

  Jorginho has had a stellar season for both Chelsea and Italy.  Former Chelsea and Italy forward Gianfranco Zola has backed his fellow coun...

 

Jorginho has had a stellar season for both Chelsea and Italy. 


Former Chelsea and Italy forward Gianfranco Zola has backed his fellow countryman Jorginho to win this season’s Ballon d’Or award. 


Jorginho was at the heart of Chelsea’s Champions League triumph, as well as Italy’s Euro 2020 victory as they defeated England in the final at Wembley. 


And Zola believes he should be a real contender for the biggest individual prize in European football.

Gianfranco Zola believes Jorginho deserves the award. 


‘Now we are talking about a fantastic player like Messi who did extraordinary things for the first time with his national team – and this won’t go unnoticed,’ Zola said. 


‘Should they give it to Jorginho, it would be deserved. He gives concrete balance and pace to his teams. I was lucky to have him at Chelsea and I know what he does on the pitch.


‘It would be deserved because not only were his performances at a high level, but the teams he played for have been outstanding. This must be taken into account.’


But winning the Ballon d’Or is not easy and with Argentina’s Lionel Messi having a fine Copa America, he has now put himself firmly back in the frame for the coveted award. 


And for a central midfielder to win the award is even tougher. Since 2008, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d’Or every year apart from in 2018 when Croatia and Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric picked up the prize.

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