Marcello Lippi, a former Juventus manager, has nominated Jorginho of Chelsea as the deserving winner of this year’s Ballon d’ Or.
Jorginho, according to Lippi, has earned the right to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or because he has won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Best Player Award, and Euro 2020.
The 73-year-old said this over the weekend after Italy drew 1-1 with Switzerland in a World Cup qualifier.
During Italy’s 0-0 draw with Switzerland at the Stadio Olimpico, Jorginho missed a penalty.
“Despite the mistake from the penalty spot yesterday [Italy vs Switzerland], I would give it [Ballon d’Or 2021] to Jorginho,” Lippi told TMW.
“He has won everything and when one wins everything, it’s right that he gets this recognition.
“There are great champions who have won little or nothing, then champions who have won everything and must be rewarded.”
Jorginho was already included in the 30-man nominees shortlisted for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or.
The winner of this year’s Ballon d’ Or will be announced on November 29.