Chelsea star Jorginho has revealed he plans to vote for Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne to win the next 2021 Ballon d’Or.
The Italian is a favorite for the prize having been absolutely brilliant in 2021, orchestrating Italy to a glorious triumph at Euro 2020 as well as winning the Champions League under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
Last year, the 29-year-old’s career followed a different trajectory as he found himself stranded by Frank Lampard before being sacked in January.
But Tuchel’s arrival has elevated Jorginho to the top of the game, with Germany’s Roberto Mancini, Maurizio Sarri and a host of other top personalities saying he ‘deserves’ the best individual accolade.
However, speaking to ESPN Brazil, Jorginho joked that he didn’t expect many votes and revealed that he would pick Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne as his pick for the best individual prize in football, compared to favorite Lionel Messi and Liverpool ace in form Mohamed Salah. .
“If I don’t vote for myself, who will vote?” I want to have at least one voice! he’s laughing. “I’m just kidding.
“I think I would vote for Kevin De Bruyne for everything he does and for the great football he has shown in recent years. For those who love football, it’s great to see him play because he understands football, he’s a player with above average intelligence.
Jorginho was criticized upon arriving in England for his ineffectiveness in matches when Sarri was in charge at Stamford Bridge.
And the Italian is now happy to have his skills as a player recognized in the Premier League.
“I have always tried to put my game in the Premier League, not the other way around,” he said. “I learned about physical contact and intensity.
“I put it in my style because I don’t have the physical build to want to get into the Premier League racing and brawling style. I understand, I try to fit it into my style of play.