- Jorginho claims he does not deserve to be named the 2021 World Player of The Year despite his achievements last season according to Cassano
- Itay legend Antonio Cassano claims the midfielder says it would be a scandal if he topples Lionel Messi for Ballon d'Or
- The 28-year-old helped Italy win Euro 2020 and was instrumental to Chelsea's Champions League triumph last term
According to Antonio Cassano, Jorginho believes that winning a Ballon d'Or award ahead of Lionel Messi is unrealistic, Goal reports.
The Chelsea midfielder has been presented as a strong candidate for this year's individual accolade despite his achievements last season.
The 28-year-old helped the Blues land their second Champions League title and the creative midfielder was also instrumental to Italy's Euro 2020 success.
But Cassano who had playing spells with AC Milan and Real Madrid claims Jorginho once admitted that he does not deserve the prize.
Jorginho was quoted by SporTV:
"We all have dreams. 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."
What Jorginho said about Messi joining PSG
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Jorginho has made a joke about Lionel Messi's shock exit at Barcelona on a lighter note as he begged the Argentine star to join him at Chelsea this summer, The Sun.
The 29-year-old had a fulfilling season as helped the Blues win their second Champions League title and Italy win Euro 2020.
The Italian midfielder could not believe the news after it was confirmed that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner was on his way out of the club.
Legit.ng had also reported that N'Golo Kante should win the next Ballon d'Or according to former Chelsea's inspirational captain John Terry, The Sun.
The Blues' legend stated that the French midfielder does not get the appreciation he deserves on the world stage despite his contribution to the team.
The 30-year-old helped the west London club win their second Champions League title last season and also played a part in their Super Cup's success in the past week.