I’m not trying to be Disrespectful, Ferdinand gives demining verdic on Chelsea Playmaker.
Rio Ferdinand, a BT Sport commentator, believes Chelsea player Jorginho should not be considered for the Ballon d’Or this year.
The Italian is one of the favorites for the prize, with Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi, but Ferdinand believes Jorginho would not be a deserving winner, despite winning the Champions League with Chelsea and Euro 2020 with Italy.
“I’m stumped by the Jorginho one. He isn’t Chelsea’s top player, and he isn’t Italy’s first name on the squad sheet either. Listen, he’s a fantastic player, and I’m not trying to belittle him, but I don’t see how he can compete with those players at the level they’ve been playing at.”
“If you look at Chelsea’s past six games leading up to winning the Champions League, I believe Kante was man of the match in five of them, so that perplexes me.” I realize that he has won two of the major prizes, but when you put him up against the other four players, it doesn’t make sense to me.”
Ferdinand takes a scathing view of the situation. Jorginho has a lot of doubters in this nation simply because he isn’t especially mobile and doesn’t always put on a show that makes the headlines.
Despite this, he plays a key role for both Chelsea and Italy, influencing play with his passing from a deep-lying midfield position. It’s possible that the Champions League and European Championship victories would not have occurred without his assistance.
He is not as talented as Lewandowski or Messi on an individual level, but his accomplishments over the previous six to twelve months speak for themselves.