Messi deserves Ballon d’Or, says Jorginho

Jorginho of Chelsea against Crystal Palace-Premier League

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has admitted that it will be a scandal if he won the Ballon d’Or this year. 

According to Antonio Cassano, the Chelsea midfielder agrees with his claim that it would be a “scandal” if he won the Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi.

Jorginho is one of the players tipped to win the individual award after a title-winning campaign with Italy in Euro 2020 and Chelsea in the Champions League.

However, Cassano has revealed that the 29-year-old agrees that Messi should win the award.

Speaking to Christian Vieri on his Twitch channel, Cassano said; “Remember when I said any journalist who voted for Jorginho as Ballon d’Or should have his licence taken away?” 

“Well, I was in Formentera with my family, and just as I sat down, I felt a touch. ‘Antonio, you’re great!’ the voice says. I turn around to ask who he was. He took off his glasses and mask, and it was Jorginho!

“I told him, Jorgi, can you believe the scandal if they should give you the Ballon d’Or and not to Messi? He replied that he absolutely agreed with me; Messi should always win it.

“Now I admire Jorginho even more. We were talking for a good 90 minutes. He is an exceptional guy, very intelligent, humble and polite.”

Although Jorginho has allegedly admitted he doesn’t deserve the prize, the Italy international last month claimed that he could be considered if voters prioritise trophies.

“We all have dreams,” Jorginho told SporTV. 

“But, I’ll be honest, it depends on the criteria that the decision is based on.

“If we’re talking about talent, then I know I’m not the best in the world. But if it’s going on titles, then nobody has won more than I have this season.

“How could I compare myself to Messi, Neymar or Cristiano Ronaldo? They’ve got completely different characteristics to me. But, I repeat, it depends on the criteria.”