Danny Murphy believes Jorginho has a great chance of winning the Ballon d’Or after his historic year with Chelsea and Italy.
Jorginho has been absolutely brilliant in 2021, orchestrating Italy towards a glorious triumph at Euro 2020 and winning the Champions League under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
Just last year, the 29-year-old’s career followed a different path as he found himself blocked by Frank Lampard before being sacked in January.
But Tuchel’s arrival has elevated Jorginho to the top of the game, with Germany’s Roberto Mancini, Maurizio Sarri and a host of other top personalities saying he ‘deserves’ the best individual accolade.
Murphy believes Jorginho’s trophy harvest, which also includes the UEFA Super Cup, gives him a very good chance of winning the award.
If he does, he will become the first Premier League player to win it since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008, who won the first of his five Golden Balls under Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
“Very rarely – and I can’t remember the exact numbers – midfielders beat forward for the Ballon d’Or because goals are what people remember and love and that’s one of the things harder to do in football, ”Murphy told the White and Jordan Show.
“I think [Luka] Modric is one of the first midfielders in a long time to win it, possibly because of his success in international football.
“I think it would be unusual for a midfielder but this time with Jorginho he could probably win it after the Euro with Italy.”
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