Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel feels Jorginho is the player most deserving of this year’s Ballon d’Or, but the prize should not be seen as particularly significant.
Last season, the 29-year-old won the Champions League with Chelsea and Euro 2020 with Italy, earning the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award.
Jorginho is now in contention for another individual award after being selected to the Ballon d’Or’s 30-man shortlist with Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.
“Jorginho is deserving of the Ballon d’Or,” Tuchel stated at the Festival Dello Sport.
“However, these individual rewards are of such low significance on the football field that a true comparison is impossible.”
“I would enjoy it if my player won it since it would tremendously boost his confidence in his abilities, but it is not an essential thing for me.”
Chelsea also has N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta, Mason Mount, and Romelu Lukaku on the shortlist for the coveted award. Tuchel had a lot to say about Lukaku, who returned to Stamford Bridge from Inter in August.
“I’m sorry for the Inter supporters, but we saw in him a player with personality who could also take the burden off the shoulders of the younger players and offer us the possibility to play faster,” Tuchel continued.
“He had always maintained he was satisfied with Inter and [Antonio] Conte since he had produced good achievements, but it was vital for him to return to where he had played as a [young man].”
Lukaku has had a solid start for his second tenure at Chelsea, netting four goals in nine games across all competitions.