Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is being hyped up to receive the Balon d’Or this year.
As astonishing as that may sound, the 29-year-old has quietly enjoyed a stellar campaign for both club and country.
Now in the quarter-final rounds of the 2020 Euros, about to take on Belgium, Jorginho has been an integral part of Italy’s campaign in the summer tournament. He helped them through qualification and has been a regular presence in midfield in their dominant run to the top this year.
Jorginho was out of favour under Frank Lampard just last year and suddenly, he has become a star under Thomas Tuchel and Roberto Mancini. Italy teammate, Lorenzo Insigne stated that Jorginho deserved to be nominated for Balon d’Or.
“I don’t think about it,” Jorginho said during a press conference at Italy’s training base, Coverciano, via football.london.
“Everything that is happening is the consequence of hard work. My priority is the group and celebrating together with my teammates and friends. This is more beautiful than celebrating alone.”
Could it actually happen? Could we as fans actually see Jorginho lift the golden ball ahead of world beaters like Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland or Robert Lewandowski? I assure you, nothing crazier would have happend in football, not even Neymar’s £200m transfer to PSG.