Jorginho says the Ballon d’Or winner should NOT rely solely on goals amid Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s prize dominance, as the preselected Chelsea and Italy star admits that he does think about winning a prestigious gong.
- Jorginho won the Champions League with Chelsea and Euro 2020 with Italy
- The midfielder was named UEFA Player of the Year in August
- Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the Ballon d’Or
- But Jorginho says the award for the best player in the world should have less to do with goals.
Chelsea and Italy star Jorginho insists that the Ballon d’Or award for the best player in the world should not be based solely on the number of individual goals.
The 29-year-old midfielder won the Champions League in May before winning Euro 2020 in July, playing a central role in both continental triumphs.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won all but one of the last 12 Ballons d’Or, Luka Modric, the only anomaly in 2018, but Jorginho says the gong shouldn’t be based solely on the prowess of the scorers year after year.
Jorginho insists that the Ballon d’Or should not be based only on the number of individual goals
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won all but one of the last 12 Ballon d’Or
The playmaker spoke as one of the favorites for this year’s award, having won the UEFA Player of the Year in August, alongside the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Mo Salah and Messi.
“It is not up to me to say if I should win the Ballon d’Or, but it would be an incentive for other players, to show that not only goals are taken into account,” he told the Brazilian media. Balloon Esporte, as reported by Mirror.
“I don’t want to have too many expectations, but it would be hypocritical if I said that I don’t think about that.
‘It’s great if it happens, but if it doesn’t happen, I won’t complain. I keep my feet on the ground and focus on something else, I have already won the best player of the year by UEFA.
The Italian international, who has been international 40 times for his country since his debut in 2016, also revealed why he chose the Azzurri over his birth nation, Brazil.
Jorginho is one of the main contenders for the Ballon d’Or this year alongside players like Mo Salah.
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski also competes for the prestigious gong
“They tried to convince me, but in the end I chose Italy, otherwise I would have been ungrateful,” he added.
‘It would not be bad to win the World Cup. The Champions League and the European Championship cannot be underestimated, but the World Cup goes further. We will not be the favorites in Qatar, but we cannot even go unnoticed as we won the Euro ”.
Italy reaches their last two World Cup qualifying matches on points with Switzerland in Group C: the first two will meet in Rome on Friday night.