Jorginho makes thinly-veiled Rio Ferdinand dig as Chelsea star handed major UEFA award – Football.London

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has aimed a subtle dig at Rio Ferdinand after the former Manchester United defender’s criticism during his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian midfielder arrived from Napoli in 2018 during the spell of former boss Maurizio Sarri and was often the recipient of severe criticism from fans and pundits alike.

However, the 29-year-old has enjoyed an incredible resurgence since then having played a key role in the Blues’ Champions League success last term, whilst he was also a vital cog in Italy claiming the Euro 2020 title against England earlier this year.

His performances have been rewarded in recent weeks too with Jorginho having been named the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, whilst there have been calls from certain quarters for the midfielder to be handed the Ballon d’Or.

It remains quite to be seen whether he will claim the accolade, but Jorginho himself has certainly recognised his own improvement with a cheeky dig at Ferdinand.

In a TikTok shared to the Italian’s Instagram story, the ex-Manchester United man is shown to say: “He’s not a great defender. Once the game gets like this the big teams, he gets overrun in midfield. He can’t run.”

However, that is then contrasted with Jorginho being handed his prestigious award by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.

The Italian has spoken of his pride in claiming the award after a fantastic personal year.

He said: “I’m just really, really happy.

“The only thing I can say is that I’m proud. Everything I do is to make my family and my friends proud of me, so I’m really, really happy and I think I need to say thank you to everyone who was involved somehow helping me to achieve this because just me, that wouldn’t be possible.

“So I’m really grateful to everyone and it’s a thank you for them, you know.”

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