Jorginho reckons he should win the Ballon d’Or to prove that not only goals are taken into account for the award.
The Chelsea and Italy Regista is one of the candidates to win the Ballon d’Or after becoming European champion for club and country in 2021.
However, Leo Messi remains the favourite to be named best player of the year.
“I don’t want to have too many expectations, but I would be hypocritical if I said I don’t think about it,” Jorginho told GloboEsporte as quoted by Calciomercato.com.
“It’s great if it happens, but if it doesn’t, I won’t complain. I keep my feet on the ground and I focus on something else, I’ve already won the best player of the year by UEFA,” he continued.
“It’s not up to me to say if I should win the Ballon d’Or, but it would be an incentive for other players, to show that not only goals are taken into account.”
Jorginho has confirmed what his agent exclusively told Football Italia in June: Brazil had contacted him in 2016, but he refused a call-up to the Seleçao.
“They tried to convince me, but in the end I chose Italy, otherwise I would have been ungrateful,” Jorginho explained.
“It would not be bad to win the World Cup. The Champions League and the Euros can’t be underestimated, but the World Cup goes beyond anything else. We won’t be the favourite in Qatar, but we can’t even go unnoticed as we won the Euros.”
However, Italy still need to book their place for the 2022 World Cup.
They are on even points with Switzerland on top of Group C, but with a better goal difference.
Italy host the Swiss at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on Friday before visiting Northern Ireland the following Monday.
— calciomercato.com (@cmdotcom) November 10, 2021