Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho has been tipped to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or award after lifting three major trophies with Azzurri and Chelsea this year.
However, Antonio Cassano has revealed that the Chelsea star has agreed with his opinion that it would be a “scandal” if he won the Ballon d’Or ahead of one standout star this season.
Meanwhile, Jorginho has been tipped to win the prestigious prize after playing a major role in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph as well as Chelsea’s Champions League win, before later adding a third in UEFA Super Cup last week.
What Antonio Cassano Said About Jorginho’s Opinion
“Remember when I said any journalist who voted for Jorginho as Ballon d’Or should have his license taken away?” Cassano asked Christian Vieri on his Twitch channel.
“Well, I was in Formentera with my family and just as I sat down, I felt a touch. ‘Antonio, you’re great!’ the voice says. I turn around to ask who he was, he took off his glasses and mask, and it was Jorginho!
“I told him, Jorgi, can you believe the scandal if they should give you the Ballon d’Or and not to Messi? He replied that he absolutely agreed with me, Messi should always win it.
“Now I admire Jorginho even more. We were talking for a good 90 minutes. He is an exceptional guy, very intelligent, humble, and polite.”
Jorginho’s Claims About 2021 Ballon d’Or
Though Cassano claims Jorginho admitted he doesn’t deserve the prize, the midfielder himself said last month he could be considered if voters prioritize trophies.
“We all have dreams,” Jorginho told SporTV. “But, I’ll be honest, it depends on the criteria that the decision is based on.
“If we’re talking about talent then I know I’m not the best in the world. But if it’s going on titles, then nobody has won more than I have this season.
“How could I compare myself to Messi, Neymar, or Cristiano Ronaldo? They’ve got completely different characteristics to me. But, I repeat, it depends on the criteria.”
Aside from Jorginho and Leo Messi, other top candidates for the 2021 Ballon d’Or include Robert Lewandowski, N’Golo Kante, Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, and Kylian Mbappe.
The award is set to be handed out in December this year after the 2020 edition was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.