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I want to win 2022 Ballon d’Or – Benzema
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I want to win 2022 Ballon d’Or – Benzema

Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema, has admitted winning this year’s Ballon d’Or prize remains his priority. According to the France international, winning means several different things to him. Benzema finished behind Chelsea’s Jorginho, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and winner, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi. But he has now said: “Finishing 4th, 3rd, 2nd or 30th… it’s all the same, what counts is winning. “For me, the Ballon d’Or is for players who carry their team, score during difficult moments and win trophies. “My chances of winning the Ballon d’Or in 2022? Why not? We could set it as an objective. I will do everything possible to play better than I did last season.” The 33-year-old almost led Los Blancos to the LaLiga title last season, scoring 23 ...
‘We’ll keep pushing’ – Jorginho on Chelsea’s title chances this season
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‘We’ll keep pushing’ – Jorginho on Chelsea’s title chances this season

Chelsea star, Jorginho, has given his “honest” verdict regarding the Blues’ Premier League title chances this season. Chelsea have fallen off the pace in recent weeks, dropping points against West Ham United as they try to challenge leaders Manchester City for the title this term. Thomas Tuchel’s side are currently six points behind Man City on the log but are level with Liverpool. But Jorginho is now saying that he prefers Chelsea to be labeled as underdogs in terms of the title race. Asked about Tuchel’s men becoming the hunters, sitting six points behind Pep Guardiola’s side on the log, Jorginho told Chelsea’s official website: “I prefer to be the underdog and let people talk about others and we just keep working and pushing, and in the end, we will see where we can be. ...
Jorginho penalties punish Leeds in thriller
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Jorginho penalties punish Leeds in thriller

Jorginho scored two penalties – the second in injury-time – to nab Chelsea an important and dramatic 3-2 win over a spirited Leeds. The victory leaves Chelsea in third but just two points behind Manchester City at the top of the table After conceding six goals in their last two games, Chelsea's defence were breached again when Raphinha netted from the penalty spot on 28 minutes following a challenge on Dan James by Marcos Alonso Thomas Tuchel's side looked nervous as they staged a response, but Mason Mount scored what looked a crucial equaliser just before the break when turning home Alonso's cross. They were ahead on 58 minutes when Jorginho converted from the penalty after a VAR review had deemed Raphinha's challenge on Antonio Rudiger a foul that was originally missed by r...
Champions League: Five key players missing as Tuchel announces Chelsea’s squad against Zenith
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Champions League: Five key players missing as Tuchel announces Chelsea’s squad against Zenith

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has announced his side’s squad to face Zenith in today’s Champions League fixture in Russia. Tuchel excluded Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Trevoh Chalobah, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho from the 20-man squad to tackle Zenith in a post via the club’s website. Chelsea head to the game following a 3-2 defeat to West Ham United in the Premier League last weekend. The kick-off time for Zenith vs Chelsea is 6.45 pm. Below is Chelsea’s squad against Zenith: Kepa Arrizabalaga Antonio Rudiger Marcos Alonso Andreas Christensen Thiago Silva Romelu Lukaku Christian Pulisic Timo Werner Ruben Loftus-Cheek Marcus Bettinelli Edouard Mendy Saul Niguez Ross Barkley Mason Mount Callum Hudson-Odoi Hakim Ziyech Reece Jam...
Chelsea get double boost ahead of West Ham clash
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Chelsea get double boost ahead of West Ham clash

Chelsea has been handed an important double injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash with West Ham United on Saturday afternoon at London Stadium. Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, confirmed that James Reece and Jorginho have returned to the club’s training ahead of their clash with West Ham this weekend. Tuchel described Reece and Jorginho’s return as ‘massive’. Both players had sustained knocks ahead of the West Ham clash. “It is massive [to have James Reece and Jorginho back]. Reece is the specialist on the side and Jorginho is the guy left from Jova, NG and him from the midfield three in a central role. “We are happy that Jorgi is back in training and we can’t wait for NG and Kova to come back,” Tuchel said. The kick-off time for West Ham vs Chelsea is 1.30 pm...
Agent talks contract and Ballon d’Or vote for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho
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Agent talks contract and Ballon d’Or vote for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho

The agent of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho says he's proud of his placing in the Ballon d'Or voting. Jorginho finished third in the vote as PSG star Leo Messi won the gong. “Jorginho finished behind two incredible top players such as Messi and Lewandowski and ahead of Ronaldo, Neymar and many other champions. Surely, he is proud of what he has achieved," Joao Santos told Tuttomercatoweb. On his contract, Santos continued: “Not yet, we have a year and a half left in his contract, and we haven't discussed a new deal yet. "Perhaps, we'll do it in the future."  
‘Messi deserves everything beautiful in this world’ – Eto’o reveals his Ballon d’Or verdict
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‘Messi deserves everything beautiful in this world’ – Eto’o reveals his Ballon d’Or verdict

The PSG superstar claimed his seventh Ballon d’Or crown on Monday, a few weeks after he clinched the GOAL50 prize African legend Samuel Eto’o has defended Lionel Messi’s emergence as the winner of the 2021 Ballon d’Or - a record seventh win. The 34-year-old forward pipped Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski to the crown while Chelsea's Jorginho and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema finished in the third and fourth spots respectively. In the year under review, he led Argentina to Copa America glory and he also won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona before he clinched La Liga's top scorer award for the eighth time after scoring 30 goals in 35 games last season.  
Ballon d’ Or 2021: ‘The Show must go on’ – Karim Benzema reacts to award snub
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: ‘The Show must go on’ – Karim Benzema reacts to award snub

Real Madrid attacker, Karim Benzema has reacted to finishing in the fourth position in the Ballon d’Or 2021. Benzema ended up behind Chelsea’s Jorginho, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and the winner, Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi. The 2021 Ballon d’ Or was awarded to Messi on Monday in Paris. Reacting, the France international took to his Twitter handle, also thanked everyone who supported him to make the Ballon d’ Or top five this year, adding that the show must go on. Benzema tweeted, “Thanks to everyone who supports me I play football for you and the show must go on #halamadrid #nueve #alhamdulilla.” Benzema had a great year in 2021. The forward almost led Real Madrid to the La Liga title by scoring 23 goals. However, the Los Blanco mis...
Ballon d’ Or 2021: Cristiano Ronaldo to miss award ceremony
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: Cristiano Ronaldo to miss award ceremony

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, will not be in Paris on Monday night for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or ceremony. This claim was made by a respected Portuguese journalist, Pedro Sepulveda. Sepulveda disclosed this in a tweet via his handle on Monday afternoon. He tweeted: “Cristiano Ronaldo will not be in Paris today for the Ballon D’or ceremony.” France Football will announce the winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or later tonight. Ronaldo is among the 30-man nominees shortlisted for the award recently. The Portugal captain, who was benched in Man United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday, will rival Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, who has been tipped to win his seventh Ballon d’Or by many, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea’s Jorginho....
Chelsea vs Man United: It was arrogance – Hasselbaink Slams Jorginho
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Chelsea vs Man United: It was arrogance – Hasselbaink Slams Jorginho

Former Chelsea striker, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has slammed midfielder, Jorginho after his error led to Manchester United’s goal. Jorginho gifted Jadon Sancho his first Premier League goal for Manchester United, with Chelsea having to come from a goal down to take a point at Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian-Italian was at fault for the Red Devils’ goal after failing to deal with a high ball that was sent forwards by Bruno Fernandes. The midfielder’s attempt to bring down the high ball with his foot backfired with Sancho racing on goal before calmly slotting the ball past Edouard Mendy. And Hasselbaink wondered why Jorginho did not just clear it or head it back to his goalkeeper. “He should head it, he should head it back. You can’t take that chance and if you d...
Messi, Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Cristiano Ronaldo shortlisted for Best FIFA Men’s Player as Premier League leads 11-man list with five entries
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Messi, Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Cristiano Ronaldo shortlisted for Best FIFA Men’s Player as Premier League leads 11-man list with five entries

Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kevin de Bruyne are among the 11 players that have been shortlisted for the Best FIFA Men’s Player of the year award. Also Chelsea duo Jorginho and N'Golo Kante complete the Premier League contingent on the list for the accolade, which will be awarded on January 17 next year. Salah has been in superb form for Liverpool this season, scoring 16 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions. He has set a new club record by scoring in nine consecutive games and was hailed as the best player in the world by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp last month. Ronaldo meanwhile has almost single-handedly kept Manchester United in the Champions League with a string of late goals. The Portuguese also became the most prolific goalscorer of all time in inter...
Alan Shearer names five Chelsea stars Tuchel can rely on to win title
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Alan Shearer names five Chelsea stars Tuchel can rely on to win title

Newcastle United legend, Alan Shearer has named five Chelsea stars Thomas Tuchel can rely on in a bid to win the English top-flight league title this season following their Premier League 3-0 win against Leicester City over the weekend. Shearer believes Tuchel can rely on N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and his three centre-halves, Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Trevor Chalobah. The former striker also reserved special praise for Kante and Jorginho and believes the pair will play a pivotal role in helping Tuchel’s side to lift their first Premier League trophy in over four years. Kante and Jorginho completely outshined Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Boubakary Soumare in central midfield as goals from Antonio Rudiger, Kante and Christian Pulisic gave Chelsea all three points agains...
Ballon d’Or: Ex-Chelsea star snubs Jorginho, names player to win award
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Ballon d’Or: Ex-Chelsea star snubs Jorginho, names player to win award

Former Chelsea midfielder, Gustavo Poyet, has snubbed Jorginho and backed Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Poyet believes Salah should be voted to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or because he is certainly the best currently ahead of Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain duo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. He stated this ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Arsenal this weekend. Salah was recently included among the 30-man nominees shortlisted for the 2021 Ballon d’Or. The Egyptian international will rival Jorginho, Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe, among others, for the Ballon d’ Or this year. “Certainly, you cannot vote for [Lionel] Messi or [Cristiano] Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or, perhaps Mbappe or Salah, but the latter certai...
Ballon d’ Or 2021: It’s his right – Marcello Lippi names player to win award
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: It’s his right – Marcello Lippi names player to win award

Former Juventus manager, Marcello Lippi, has named Chelsea’s Jorginho as the rightful player that should win this year’s Ballon d’ Or. Lippi believes it is Jorginho’s right to win the 2021 Ballon d’ Or because the Italy international won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA best player and the Euro 2020. The 73-year-old stated this at the weekend following Italy’s World Cup qualifier in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Recall that Jorginho missed a penalty during Italy’s draw with Switzerland at the Stadio Olimpico. “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 gre...
Italy boss Mancini defends Jorginho after vital penalty miss
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Italy boss Mancini defends Jorginho after vital penalty miss

The typically reliable spot-kick taker has failed to find the net three times in big international moments this year Italy boss Roberto Mancini has defended Jorginho after the midfielder's stoppage-time penalty miss against Switzerland in World Cup qualifying on Friday. A goal would have likely secured victory for the Azzurri, who instead had to settle for a 1-1 draw that left them tied with Switzerland in the Group C table with one match to go. Mancini said Jorginho "felt like kicking it and it’s right that he did" as the Chelsea player is regarded as one of his nation's best penalty takers.  
Ballon d’ Or 2021: Lucas Paqueta names player to win award, finish second place
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: Lucas Paqueta names player to win award, finish second place

Lyon attacking midfielder, Lucas Paqueta, has named Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, as his preferred 2021 Ballon d’Or winner. Paqueta also feels Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, could finish in second place, behind Lewandowski for this year’s Ballon d’ Or. Lewandowski, alongside Jorginho, was included in the 30-man nominees for the Ballon d’ Or this year. The pair will rival Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, among others for the prestigious prize. “Ballon d’Or? It’s difficult. But from what I’ve seen, I’d vote for Lewandowski. Jorginho has also had a great year,” Paqueta was quoted by Sportskeeda as saying. “In my opinion, this is the order: Lewandowski then Jorginho th...
Ballon d’ Or 2021: Jorginho names two players he will vote for
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: Jorginho names two players he will vote for

Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, has named the two players he would vote for in this year’s Ballon d’ Or. According to Jorginho, he would vote for his Chelsea teammate, N’Golo Kante and Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne to win the Ballon d’ Or this year. Jorginho, alongside Kante and De Bruyne, was among 30-man nominees recently shortlisted for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. The trio will battle the likes of Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, among others for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. The winner for this year’s Ballon d’ Or will be announced on November 29. “I would vote in Ballon D’Or for Kante or De Bruyne,” Jorginho was quoted by Express UK as saying. ...
Ballon d’Or 2021: You’re not even supposed to be on the list – Rio Ferdinand to Jorginho
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Ballon d’Or 2021: You’re not even supposed to be on the list – Rio Ferdinand to Jorginho

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has said that he is ‘baffled’ by calls for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho to win the Ballon d’Or. The Brazilian-born Italian midfielder is one of the favourites to win the award after playing a key role in Chelsea’s success in the Champions League last season and helping Italy win the Euro 2020. But Ferdinsnd, a former England international said that the Italy international should not be mentioned among the leading contenders for this year’s Ballon d’Or. “The Jorginho one baffles me,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “He’s not the best player at Chelsea and he’s not the first name on the teamsheet with Italy either. “I don’t see how he gets on the list with those players at the level those guys have been playing at. “It baffles me....
Why I didn’t give Reece James penalty to complete his hat-trick – Jorginho
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Why I didn’t give Reece James penalty to complete his hat-trick – Jorginho

Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, has claimed his team mate Reece James did not ask to take a late penalty, as they beat Newcastle 3-0 on Saturday. James put the Blues two goals up with a pair of sublime goals in the second half. With nine minutes left at St James’ Park, Kai Havertz was fouled in the area and a penalty was awarded. Before Jorginho took the kick, he asked James if he wanted to take it, but the defender turned down the chance even though he was on a hat-trick. “If he had asked, we would have had a conversation but he didn’t. “He came over to support me,” Jorginho told ESPN Brasil after the game. Speaking about James’ opening goal, Jorginho told Chelsea’s website: “He’s amazing with both feet, so he opened the game for us and it was great, it was a beautiful g...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Jorginho snubs Messi, Lewandowski, picks player he prefers to win
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Jorginho snubs Messi, Lewandowski, picks player he prefers to win

Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, has said he would pick Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne to win the Ballon d’Or award this year, if he couldn’t vote for himself. Jorginho is on the 30-man shortlist after winning the Champions League with the Blues and European Championships with Italy. He is one of the top favourites alongside Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) and Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich). “I believe I’d vote for Kevin de Bruyne for everything he’s been doing and for the beautiful football he’s been showing in recent years. “For those who like football, it’s great to see him play because he understands football, he is a player with above-average intelligence,” Jorginho told ESPN Brasil. The winner of this year’s prize will be announced November 29....
Ballon d’ Or: Lothar Matthaus names convincing candidate for award
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Ballon d’ Or: Lothar Matthaus names convincing candidate for award

Germany legend, Lothar Matthaus has identified Chelsea’s Jorginho as the convincing candidate to win the Ballon d’ Or this year ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski. Jorginho was recently named among 30-man nominees for this year’s Ballon d’ Or. The Italy international will battle Salah, Messi, Lewandowski, among others, for the Ballon d’ Or. “What Klopp’s superstar Salah has been delivering for a few months is, of course, absolutely world-class,” Matthaus told Sky Sport via Football365. “It’s quite possible that this will help him a lot in his choice of world footballer. But that wasn’t the case for the whole year. In the spring, he and Liverpool had serious problems. “Candidate Jorginho from Chelsea...
Ballon d’ Or: Very odd – Aluko reacts as organizers snub Chelsea star
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Ballon d’ Or: Very odd – Aluko reacts as organizers snub Chelsea star

Former Chelsea star, Eni Aluko has described goalkeeper Edouard Mendy’s omission from this year’s Ballon d’ Or 30-man shortlist as ‘very odd’. Aluko believes Mendy should have been included in the Ballon d’ Or 30-man nominees released recently. DAILY POST reports that the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or was announced some few days ago, with five Chelsea players included. Cesar Azpilicueta, Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, all made the cut. Mendy enjoyed a stunning debut season in the English Premier League, EPL, and capped it off by winning the UEFA Champions League, as Chelsea defeated Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 in the final. The Senegal goalkeeper also won the UEFA Super Cup with Thomas Tuchel’s men. Speaking on th...
UEFA names Jorginho, Salah, others in Champions League team [Full list]
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UEFA names Jorginho, Salah, others in Champions League team [Full list]

UEFA on Thursday named Chelsea’s Jorginho and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post via its website today following the conclusion of the group stage, match-day three fixtures on Wednesday night. Both Jorginho and Salah were impressive for their respective clubs against Malmo and Atletico Madrid. Below is the UEFA Champions League team of the week: Goalkeeper: Ivo Grbić (LOSC) Defenders: Sebastián Coates (Sporting CP) Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) Daley Blind (Ajax) Jordi Alba (Barcelona) Midfielders: Leroy Sané (Bayern) Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) Jorginho (Chelsea) Noah Okafor (Salzburg) Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Forward: Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid)
Thomas Tuchel provides update on Lukaku, Werner’s injuries
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Thomas Tuchel provides update on Lukaku, Werner’s injuries

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has provided an update on Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku injuries. According to the German, both players will be out ‘for some days’ after sustaining injuries during the Blues’ 4-0 Champions League win over Malmo. Malmo’s Lasse Nielsen fell on Lukaku’s ankle in the 18th minute of the match, leading to a penalty which was converted by Jorginho and the Belgian was forced off just minutes later and replaced by Kai Havertz. Werner on his part was taken off shortly before half-time after making a late run into the box before falling over, clutching his right hamstring. “We have a twist of the ankle for Romelu and muscle injury and hamstring for Timo, so they will be out for some days,” Tuchel told reporters after the match “We were in a good place inj...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Modric names player that deserves to win award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Modric names player that deserves to win award

Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, has said Karim Benzema deserves to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Benzema made the 30-man shortlist for the award, along with favourites Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorginho, Robert Lewandowski and N’Golo Kante. The France striker had the best scoring season of his career last year, netting 22 times in LaLiga. He followed it up by winning the Nations League with Les Bleus last week. Modric is now the latest footballer to advocate for Benzema winning the prize. “We will see. There are various candidates that could win it. For me, Karim is one of them. “I hope that he wins it because he deserves it for how he has played this year and his trajectory. “Above all, these recent years. He has always been at the top level. And he h...
Cristiano Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or now more than ever – Super agent, Jorge Mendes
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Cristiano Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or now more than ever – Super agent, Jorge Mendes

Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year more than ever before, according to his agent, Jorge Mendes. Ronaldo has been nominated along the likes of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to win the prestigious award. If he wins it, it will be the sixth time in his career and Mendes (who manages Jose Mourinho, Di Maria, Moutinho, Falcao and a host of top stars) feels he has done more than enough to win it despite winning only the Coppa Italia last season. Mendes said to France Football : "The figures and statistics linked to the name of Cristiano Ronaldo speak for him and should be enough in my opinion for him to win another Ballon d'Or. The absolutely remarkable total of 115 goals for the Portuguese national team makes him the record holder in the histo...
Ballon d’Or: Explain why he wasn’t nominated – Rudiger slams organizers for snubbing Chelsea player
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Ballon d’Or: Explain why he wasn’t nominated – Rudiger slams organizers for snubbing Chelsea player

Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger has slammed Ballon d’Or organizers for not including his fellow teammate, Edouard Mendy, in their 30-man shortlist released last week. Rudiger demanded an explanation for Mendy’s Ballon d’Or snub after his man of the match display against Brentford in Saturday’s Premier League 1-0 win. Recall that the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or was announced some few days ago, with five Chelsea players included. Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta, Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount all made the cut. Mendy enjoyed a stunning debut season in the English Premier League and capped it off by winning the UEFA Champions League, as Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the final. The Senegal goalkeeper also won the UEFA Super Cup with Thomas ...
Ballon D’Or 2021: I’m not interested in five Chelsea players nominated – Tuchel
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Ballon D’Or 2021: I’m not interested in five Chelsea players nominated – Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has brutally dismissed five members of his squad nominated for this year’s Ballon D’Or. Captain Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount and Romelu Lukaku all made the 30-man shortlist. Although Tuchel said he is “super happy” for them, he made it clear he does not care for individual awards. Ahead of their Premier League at Brentford on Saturday, Tuchel was asked about his players receiving a nomination for this year’s Ballon d’Or. “Do you believe me if I tell you that I don’t even know who it is on the list? “I’m not into these single, individual awards. I believe this is a team effort. I believe what we did last season, for these players on the list, was a team effort. “We were more than just single players, we were a tea...
Ballon D’Or 2021: I’m sick of Messi winning it – Evra roots for two Chelsea players
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Ballon D’Or 2021: I’m sick of Messi winning it – Evra roots for two Chelsea players

Former France and Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra, has said he is sick of Lionel Messi winning the Ballon D’Or award. Messi is again hot favourite to win the prize this year, when the event holds November 29 in Paris. The 34-year-old is looking to claim the Ballon D’Or for a record-extending seventh time in his career. His rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is the closest to him with five awards. However, Evra feels this year’s Ballon D’Or should go to any of Chelsea midfielders N’Golo Kante or Jorginho. “In my opinion, this Ballon d’Or is for [N’Golo] Kante or Jorginho, he deserves it! I do not understand why people say ‘He’s just a midfielder’, he won everything! Participating a lot in these triumphs. “In my opinion, it’s an injustice [if Jorginho does not win it]. I’...
Ballon d’Or: I don’t think you can beat him – Pat Nevin reveals player to win award
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Ballon d’Or: I don’t think you can beat him – Pat Nevin reveals player to win award

Former Chelsea star, Pat Nevin, has backed the Blues midfielder, Jorginho, to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Nevin believes Jorginho deserves the 2021 Ballon d’ Or because of what he achieved with Chelsea and the Italy national team in the past 12 months. Jorginho, who won the Champions League and Euro 2020, was named among 30 nominees for this year’s Ballon d’Or. “I try not to be biased on these topics, but I have always loved Jorginho as a player. When Sarri brought him in, everyone thought he was ‘Sarri’s kid’ because he played every week,” Nevin told NetBet.
Ballon D’Or 2021: Lewandowski backed to win ahead of Messi, Jorginho
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Ballon D’Or 2021: Lewandowski backed to win ahead of Messi, Jorginho

Bayern Munich manager, Julian Nagelsmann, has backed Robert Lewandowski to win this year’s Ballon d’Or. Nagelsmann made the pick ahead of a top-of-the-table clash with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. “Robert deserves to win it, because in my view he has been more unbelievably consistent than any other player,” Nagelsmann told Munich newspaper Abendzeitung. “He is so dynamic, he doesn’t get injured and he can train a lot. I back him to continue playing at the top level for a few more years yet.” Lewandowski is hoping to win his first Ballon d’Or next month after winning FIFA’s rival award for men’s player of the year in 2020. The 33-year-old has been nominated alongside Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante. With seven goals already this season, Lewand...
Ballon d’ Or: It’s really stupid, doesn’t make any sense – Ex-Chelsea star, Frank slams organizers
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Ballon d’ Or: It’s really stupid, doesn’t make any sense – Ex-Chelsea star, Frank slams organizers

Former Chelsea star, Frank Leboeuf, has slammed Ballon d’Or organizers for their concept of awarding the prestigious prize to individual players in a sport that is regarded as a team effort. Leboeuf compared the Ballon d’Or with awards given to musicians, adding that if an elite musician wins an individual award, his group will not react to it positively. He believes the idea of awarding the Ballon d’Or is really stupid and doesn’t make any sense to him. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out last year due to COVID-19 pandemic. 30-man nominees for this year’s Ballon d’ Or was shortlisted last week, which includes Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and among others. Speaking to ESPN via The Chelsea Chroni...
Ballon d’ Or: Roberto Mancini names player who should win award this year
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Ballon d’ Or: Roberto Mancini names player who should win award this year

Italy head coach, Roberto Mancini, has backed Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, to win this year’s Ballon d’Or award. Mancini believes Jorginho deserves the Ballon d’ Or because the 29-year-old has won the Champions League and the Euro 2020, adding that it would be ‘strange’ if he didn’t win it. Jorginho was recently named among the 30-man nominees for this year’s Ballon d’ Or. When quizzed about the five Italy players nominated for the Ballon d’ Or, Mancini was quoted by Goal as telling reporters, “They are there because they are good, not because of me. “Jorginho should, in my opinion, win the Ballon d’Or. “He has won everything and deserves it a lot. It would seem strange to me otherwise.” Jorginho will battle Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, Bayern Munich’s Robert Le...
Ballon d’ Or: I’m conviced – Fabio Cannavaro snubs Jorginho, names player to win award
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Ballon d’ Or: I’m conviced – Fabio Cannavaro snubs Jorginho, names player to win award

Former Real Madrid and Juventus defender, Fabio Cannavaro, has snubbed Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, and named Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, as the player that should win the Ballon d’ Or this year. Cannavaro, who won the Ballon d’ Or in 2006, said he was convinced Messi will win the Ballon d’ Or this year ahead of Jorginho. Messi won the 2021 Copa America with Argentina, while Jorginho won the Champions League with Chelsea and he was a key player in Italy’s successful Euros title triumph in the summer. Messi and Jorginho were included in this year’s 30-man Ballon d’ Or nominees last week. Both players are expected to rival Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, among others for the...
Ballon d’ Or: Marcelo identifies player who should win award this year
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Ballon d’ Or: Marcelo identifies player who should win award this year

Former Juventus manager, Marcello Lippi, has identified Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, as the player that deserves to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Jorginho won the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea at the end of May before playing a pivotal role in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph. The Italy international was among the 30 players shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or last Friday. The 29-year-old is expected to rival Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe for the Ballon d’ Or this year. “Jorginho should receive the Ballon d’Or this year, not the usual suspects,” Lippi said during the Festival dello S...
Ballon D’Or 2021: Three players that were snubbed in 30-man shortlist this year
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Ballon D’Or 2021: Three players that were snubbed in 30-man shortlist this year

France Football, the organizers of the Ballon D’Or award, on Friday announced the 30-man shortlist for this year. They include hot favourite Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorginho, etc. The list will be trimmed down to the final three as the event on November 29 draws close. However, there are at least three players that should have made the cut. 1. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid): For some reason, Oblak was left out of the 30-man shortlist. The goalkeeper has kept 14 clean sheets in 2021 and was part of the Atletico Madrid team that won the LaLiga title. 2. Federico Chiesa (Juventus, on loan from Fiorentina): Chiesa has grown into a very important player for both Italy and Juventus. He is a firecracker of a footballer and has 17 goals and seven assists ...
2021 Ballon D’Or: Messi, Jorginho, Lewandowski make 30-man nominees [Full list]
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2021 Ballon D’Or: Messi, Jorginho, Lewandowski make 30-man nominees [Full list]

The official 30-man shortlist for this year’s Men Ballon D’Or award has been released by the organizers, France Football, on Friday. It is dominated by the Premier League, with 14 of the players plying their trade in England’s topflight. There are five players from Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s LaLiga, while France has four players. Lionel Messi remains the favourite to win the prize on November 29. The 34-year-old scored 38 goals in 47 games last season, helping guide Barcelona to the Copa del Rey before winning the Copa America with his country this summer. FULL LIST: Premier League: Cesar Azpilicueta, Kevin de Bruyne, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Dias, Bruno Fernandes, Phil Foden, Jorginho, Harry Kane, N’Golo Kanté, Romelu Lukaku, Riyad Mahrez, Mason Mount, Mohamed Salah...
Ballon D’Or 2021: I hope Jorginho wins ahead of Messi – Chiellini
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Ballon D’Or 2021: I hope Jorginho wins ahead of Messi – Chiellini

Juventus defender, Giorgio Chiellini, has backed his national team-mate Jorginho to win the Ballon d’Or. Chiellini is set to face Jorginho’s Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday. Ahead of the match, the Italian centre back praised Jorginho, who lifted both the Champions League and Euro 2020 trophies this year. The midfielder is one of the favourites to win the Ballon D’Or along with Lionel Messi. But Chiellini told a press conference: “I hope he will be able to win, he is a good friend of mine. It’s an award that would feel like it was mine. “He was involved in a win and emotions that will always be in our hearts. “I’ve always thought he was a good player but after the first few training sessions, I realised how good he is, what a top player he is.”...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Emerson names player that Should win award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Emerson names player that Should win award

Lyon defender, Emerson Palmieri, has backed Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Emerson, who is currently on loan at Lyon from Chelsea, stated this ahead of the Blues’ Champions League clash with Juventus on Wednesday. According to him, Jorginho deserves the Ballon d’ Or after winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the Euro 2020. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking on which player deserves to win the Ballon d’ Or this year, Emerson told La Gazzetta dello Sport, “Donnarumma [PSG goalkeeper] did great things at AC Milan. “Like me, Jorginho won everything, but he has played at a high level for a couple of seasons. He deserves it [Ballon d’ Or].” ...
Man United Legend hails Chelsea for Signing Saul Niguez
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Man United Legend hails Chelsea for Signing Saul Niguez

Manchester United legend, Gary Neville has said Chelsea have made an ‘excellent’ signing in Saul Niguez. The midfielder joined the Blues from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day and Neville believes he will enable the club challenge on all fronts this season. The 26-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan deal from Atletico Madrid with the option to buy on transfer deadline day. Thomas Tuchel now has a fantastic midfield options of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and Saul. Neville, a Manchester United legend, is also impressed with the Blues signing of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan. “Saul is just another excellent player,” Neville told Sky Sports. “He’s got massive experience at the top of La Liga, massive experience in the Cham...
Chelsea star Jorginho named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year
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Chelsea star Jorginho named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year

The midfielder lifted both the Champions League and Euro 2020 in a memorable season Chelsea star Jorginho has been named UEFA Men's Player of the Year following his heroics for both club and country in the 2020-21 season. The Brazil-born midfield ace was a vital part of the Blues engine room as they fought to Champions League glory. And he repeated the feat over the summer to help deliver the Euro 2020 trophy to Italy.
Jorginho ‘to Win UEFA Player of the Year Award’
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Jorginho ‘to Win UEFA Player of the Year Award’

Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, will win the UEFA Player of the Year award ahead of teammate N’Golo Kante and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, according to leaks in the Italian media. Jorginho, Kante and De Bruyne are the final three on UEFA’s shortlist for the prize. The Italian is now expected to claim the award. Tuttomercatoweb claims sources close have told them Jorginho will be named the winner during Thursday’s Champions League draw in Istanbul. The 29-year-old enjoyed a brilliant campaign in Europe last season, playing an instrumental role as Chelsea won the Champions League. Jorginho’s year got even better, as he won the European Championships with Italy after playing in every match. He is now set to be rewarded for his sublime performances over th...
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Tuchel gives Jorginho ‘new name’
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Arsenal vs Chelsea: Tuchel gives Jorginho ‘new name’

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has given Jorginho a new name ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday evening. Tuchel branded Jorginho as a ‘very strategic player’, adding that the Italian international has a good sense of rhythm. The German said the 29-year-old midfielder is relentless on defence, very well organised in his game and wants to be everywhere on the pitch. Jorginho won the Euro 2020 with Italy and the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea. He has been named as one of three nominees for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award alongside teammates N’Golo Kante and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne. “I think Jorgi [Jorginho] is a very strategic player,” Tuchel said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Ch...
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Tuchel singles out one player in his Squad ahead of EPL clash
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Arsenal vs Chelsea: Tuchel singles out one player in his Squad ahead of EPL clash

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has hailed “very strategic” and “relentless” Jorginho ahead of their trip to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. Jorginho, 29, won the Champions League under Tuchel, before going on to lift Euro 2020 with Italy. The midfielder has been named as one of three nominees for UEFA Men’s Player of the Year. He is up against Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kante and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne for that award. Tuchel said during his press conference: “I think Jorgi is a very strategic player. “He can play in advance, knows what to do in ball possession, can imagine what is going to happen in one or two passes ahead. “He knows where to help out in short distances and long distances, when to switch the play, when not to switch the ...
Declan Rice tells Tuchel his best position amid Chelsea link
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Declan Rice tells Tuchel his best position amid Chelsea link

West Ham United star, Declan Rice has told Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel his best position amid transfer interest linking him with a move to the Blues. The 22-year-old has continuously been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with former Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, in particular a huge admirer of the midfielder. Tuchel had reignited the club’s interest in the England international a few months ago. However, Rice is now saying that he suits a box-to-box role ahead of any other amid links of a move to Tuchel’s side Speaking to SoccerAM, Rice said: “You know what, I have had this conversation with the manager [David Moyes] here and a few of his coaches. “I don’t think I can play really high up, I don’t think that would suit me, but I feel as though I could play as more o...
UEFA announces 3 nominees for 2021 Men’s Player of the Year Awards
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UEFA announces 3 nominees for 2021 Men’s Player of the Year Awards

The Union of European Football Associations, UEFA, on Thursday announced the names of the three nominees shortlisted for the 2020/21 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Awards. UEFA made the announcement in a post via their official website. The players for the award are Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Chelsea’s Jorginho and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante. The award winners will be announced at the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony, which will take place on Thursday, 26 August at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey. De Bruyne was impressive for Manchester City as they won the Premier League title last season, while Kante and Jorginho won the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup with the Blues. Jorginho also won the Euro 2020 with Italy national team...
Ballon d’ Or 2021: Cassano reveals what’ll happen if Jorginho wins award ahead of Messi
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: Cassano reveals what’ll happen if Jorginho wins award ahead of Messi

Former Real Madrid striker, Antonio Cassano, has revealed that there would be a “scandal” if the 2021 Ballon d’Or is awarded to Chelsea’s Jorginho ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi. Jorginho has been tipped to win the Ballon d’ Or this year after winning the UEFA Champions and UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea. The midfielder also won the Euro 2020 with the Italy national team after they defeated England on penalties in the final at Wembley. However, Jorginho will have to battle Messi, who won the Copa America with Argentina. Speaking on the development, Cassano told Christian Vieri on Bobo TV Twitch channel, “Remember when I said any journalist who voted for Jorginho as Ballon d’Or should have his licence taken away? “Well, I was in Formentera with my family...
Danny Murphy Compares Leicester City’s Ndidi to Chelsea’s Kante
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Danny Murphy Compares Leicester City’s Ndidi to Chelsea’s Kante

Former Liverpool player, Danny Murphy, has compared Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante. Murphy said Nidid is more important to Leicester than Kante is to Chelsea. He pointed out that Leicester tends to struggle without Ndidi in the starting line-up while Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has the luxury of calling upon Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic if Kante is not available for selection. Ndidi enjoyed an excellent campaign in 2020-2021, helping Leicester to win the Emirates FA Cup and finish fifth in the Premier League table, while Kante helped Chelsea to win the UEFA Champions League. “They [Chelsea] have built some squad at Stamford Bridge and are brimming with confidence,” Murphy was quoted as saying by Metro UK. “They ended last season by win...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Jorginho makes confession
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Jorginho makes confession

Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, has admitted he is starting to ‘give some thought’ to winning the Ballon d’Or this year. Jorginho helped Chelsea to win the UEFA Champions League last season and followed that up with a stellar Euro 2020 campaign with Italy. The Italy international also won the UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea and that has propelled him into contention for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. The 29-year-old was recently backed by Chelsea legend, Gianfranco Zola, to win the Ballon d’ Or this year. However, Jorginho will have to battle Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. Speaking on the development, Jorginho told Amazon Prime Video Italia, “When there is so much talk about it [Ballon d’ Or 2021], naturally, you are going to give it some thought. ...

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