Chelsea and Italy star Jorginho could rival Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski for Ballon d’Or after winning Champions League and Euro 2020

It has been some year for Jorginho so far.

At the start of 2021, he was an unused substitute in four of Frank Lampard’s final six matches in charge of Chelsea, but then Thomas Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge and everything changed.

Jorginho lost his place in the Chelsea team towards the end of Lampard’s reign

He was an ever-present in Tuchel’s midfield two alongside either N’Golo Kante, Matteo Kovacic or Billy Gilmour.

Chelsea, who were eighth when Lampard was sacked, finished the season in fourth place, reached an FA Cup final and crucially won a second Champions League trophy.

Jorginho ended the 2020/21 season as a Champions League winner

Jorginho played a vital role in the Blues’ upturn in form with his ability to snuff out attacks and start them for his own team.

After helping Chelsea to Champions League glory, the 29-year-old then started every match in Italy’s run to winning Euro 2020.

With a Champions League and Euro 2020 winners’ medal in his possession, there have been suggestions Jorginho should be in the running for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.

He faces tough competition, though, with Lionel Messi winning his first major honour with Argentina as they beat Brazil in the Copa America final, while Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski scored an incredible 48 goals last season.

Messi finished top scorer with four goals as Argentina won the Copa America
Lewandowski continues to be a goal machine as he led Bayern Munich to another Bundesliga title last season

The Ballon d’Or is typically awarded to strikers or playmakers – not defensive midfielders like him.

“With Luka Modric winning it before, especially when you’ve got Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, we maybe saw a shift in the importance of certain players in other parts of the pitch,” former West Ham and England striker Dean Ashton told talkSPORT.

Jorginho has proven many of his doubters wrong

“N’Golo Kante was definitely on the list before Euro 2020. Jorginho should be as well.

“Whether the people who are deciding it look in as much depth as you need to just to understand how good Jorginho is, how important he is to Chelsea, how important he is to Italy, that’s another thing.

“If you really look in depth at Jorginho, he’s so important.

“What he actually does for the side, both defensively and offensively, is so, so important and vital to Chelsea and Italy lifting trophies.”