The Italian star is set to win the award after winning major trophies alongside the Azzurri and Chelsea
Antonio Cassano has revealed that Chelsea and Italian midfielder Jorginho agree that it would be a ‘scandal’ if he won the Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi.
Jorginho is set to win the prize after playing a key role in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph as well as Chelsea’s Champions League victory.
But the former Azzurri striker has claimed the midfielder agrees that the award should always come to Messi.
What did Cassano say?
‘Do you remember when I said that a journalist who voted for Jorginho as Ballon d’Or should take away his license? Cassano asked Christian Vieri about his Shake channel.
‘Well, I was in Formentera with my family, and when I sat down I felt a touch. “Antonio, you are wonderful!” says the voice. I turn to ask who he is, he takes off his glasses and mask, and it was Jorginho!
‘I told him, Jorgi, can you believe the scandal if they have to give you the Ballon d’Or and not Messi? He replied that he absolutely agrees with me, Messi should always win it.
‘Now I admire Jorginho even more. We talked for 90 minutes. He is a special guy, very intelligent, humble and polite. ”
What did Jorginho say?
Although Cassano claims Jorginho admitted he did not deserve the award, the midfielder himself said last month he can be considered if voters prioritize trophies.
“We all have dreams,” Jorginho said. SportTV. ‘But I will be honest, it depends on the criteria on which the decision is based.
“When we talk about talent, I know I’m not the best in the world, but when it comes to titles, no one has won more than me this season.
“How can I compare myself to Messi, Neymar or Cristiano Ronaldo? They have completely different qualities for me. But I repeat, it depends on the criteria.”
When is the Ballon d’Or awarded?
After the Ballon d’Or was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the award will be presented in December this year.
Apart from Jorginho and Messi, other top candidates include Robert Lewandowski, N’Golo Kante, Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku and Kylian Mbappe.