- Chelsea have five players in the 30-man list who have been nominated for the prestigious Ballon'Or award in
- Jorginho is among the players who made the shortlist, with the midfielder looking to add the prize to his cabinet
- According to Thomas Tuchel, the Italian deserves to win the award after a stellar campaign last season for both club and country
- Jorginho will be coming up against strong contenders including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has said Jorginho deserves to win the Ballon d'Or award.
Jorginho played a central role in the Blues' stunning Champions League campaign last season which saw them lift the European title after silencing Man City in the final staged in Porto.
The 29-year-old midfielder followed up the success by helping Italy to conquer Europe as they won the 2020 Euros.
His stellar campaign saw them listed among a number of top footballers for the Ballon d'Or award.
The 30-man list for the prize was dominated by Premier League players, with five Chelsea players being shortlisted.
Other Chelsea players in contention for the prestigious gong include N'Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Cesar Azpilicueta and Romelu Lukaku.
Serial winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are also eyeing the award alongside PSG duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
However, while speaking to Gazzetta dello Sports, Tuchel suggested Jorginho deserves to win the award, describing the Italy international as "an intelligent player" who he has been privileged to manage.
"He deserves it, he is one of those who deserve to win the Ballon d’Or," Tuchel said as quoted by Metro UK.
"He is a very intelligent player and it’s a pleasure to be his coach," he added.
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This year's edition of the Ballon d'Or will see Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo enter the basket for the award.
The duo has won 11 Ballon d'Ors between them in the last decade, with Messi winning a record six.
The award will be making a return this year after it was cancelled in 2020 due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Sports Brief News