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Zola: Forget Messi, Jorginho deserves to win the Ballon d’Or

Italian legend Gianfranco Zola is backing Jorginho to win the Ballon d’Or ahead of the firm favourites Lionel Messi.

The ex-Chelsea coach feels Jorginho should win cause he played a very crucial role in Chelsea winning Europe’ the Champions League and Italy lifting the European Championship.

Lionel Messi success with Argentina will certainly put him in context but, sentiments should never be used as a parameter to decide which player surely deserve the award.

Asked who he thinks should win the Ballon d’Or, Zola replied the Daily Mail: “Now we are talking about a fantastic player like Messi who did extraordinary things for the first time with his national team- and this won’t go unnoticed.

“Should they give it to Jorginho? It would be deserved. He gives concrete balance and pace to his teams. I was lucky to have him at Chelsea and i know what he does on the pitch.

}It would be deserved because not only were his performances at a high level, but the teams he played for have been outstanding. This must be taken into account”

Messi is the bookies favourite to win it but Jorginho stands a better chance of winning it to after Luka Modric proved how possible it was to break Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi hold on the Ballon d’Or.

Chelsea just have to pull strings behind the curtain as Real Madrid president Florentino Perez did back in 2018.

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