Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho has admitted he does not share a key attribute with past Ballon d’Or winners like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Jorginho said this while making a case to be awarded the 2021 Ballon d’Or on Monday night.
The 29-year-old believes he deserves the Ballon d’ Or this year, having won the Champions League with Chelsea and the Euro 2020 with Italy national team.
Jorginho has been nominated for the 2021 Ballon d’Or alongside the likes of PSG superstar Messi and Manchester United’s Ronaldo, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, among others.
“I do consider myself a [Ballon d’ Or] candidate. Because of the achievements and performances last season,” Jorginho told Placar.
“I was champion of the two main tournaments in Europe, something that few athletes have achieved.
“Of course, I have characteristics that are totally different from Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Mbappé, among others.
“I don’t have their number of goals and assists and I wouldn’t have, given my position on the field.
“But I am convinced of what I have done and I am sure I have good credentials to run for the Golden Ball.”
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World Cup: De Bruyne, Hazard Clash In Dressing Room After Shock Morocco Defeat
A number of Belgium players were involved in a dressing bust-up after their shock 2-0 defeat to Morocco at the 2022 World Cup.
According to RTL Sport, Kevin de Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen, and captain Eden Hazard clashed after the match.
Tensions were already high after De Bruyne told reporters before the game that the team was “probably too old” to win the trophy.
Those tensions now appear to have reached boiling point, as the three players let their tempers erupt following the loss.
It is understood that De Bruyne, Hazard and Vertonghen had to be separated by Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku.
The emotionally-charged changing room could prove disastrous ahead of their final group stage fixture against Croatia.
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World Cup: Benzema To Return To France Squad
Karim Benzema could make a surprising return to the France squad at the 2022 World Cup.
The 34-year-old had initially been ruled out through injury.
Benzema was expected to miss the entire tournament with a thigh problem.
France head coach, Didier Deschamps, opted not to call up a replacement and has continued with Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Kingsley Coman and Marcus Thuram.
However, RMC Sport claims that Benzema could still return to the France setup as he returns to full training this week at Real Madrid.
Benzema could be fit enough to take part in the knockout stages of the World Cup.
FIFA rules permit players to return to their squads if they recover from injury if they had initially been named in the tournament squad before being ruled out.Follow Us On Social Media 👇