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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho snubs Lionel Messi as he names the two players he would vote for in the Ballon D’or

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho snubs Lionel Messi as he names the two players he would vote for in the Ballon D’or

Jorginho a favourite for the Ballon D’or

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is among the favourites in the Ballon D’or race.

While it is hard to say from a goals and assists perspective that he has been particularly impressive (although his 7 penalties for Chelsea last season did make him the club’s top goalscorer in the league), he has been a key component of a pair of very successful sides.

Winning the Champions League with Chelsea, he then went on to form the fulcrum of an Italy side that beat England in the final of Euro 2020 in a penalty shoot-out, despite having his penalty saved by Jordan Pickford.

He is one of five Chelsea nominees for the award, but is certainly the man with the most silverware credentials to back up his claim. However, who would he vote for?

Chelsea man reveals who he would vote for

Now, speaking to the Italian press, Jorginho has opened up on who he thinks deserves the award.

Perhaps unexpectedly given his position, he opted for two midfielders, in the form of teammate N’Golo Kante and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne. He reserved special praise for the Belgian, saying:

“I would vote in Ballon D’Or for Kante or De Bruyne. Talking to other defenders from big teams, De Bruyne requires much more attention than players that win every year the prize”

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho snubs Lionel Messi as he names the two players he would vote for in the Ballon D’or

Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne looks on during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium (Photo by PETER POWELL / POOL / AFP via getty images)

In choosing this pair, Jorginho has overlooked perhaps the most favoured trio of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski, as well as the phenomenal Karim Benzema.

Do you agree with his choices?

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
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Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
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Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
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