- N’Golo Kante has widely been backed to win the Ballon d’Or this year following his heroics for Chelsea last season
- However, Maurizio Sarri believes Kante’s compatriot Jorginho represents an equal chance to win the individual award
- Sarri noted should Jorginho win the Euro Championship he will be favourite to pip Kante to the prize
- The Brazil-born midfielder has been in perfect shape for Italy, scoring a vital spot-kick against Spain to fire his side to the final of the tournament
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Maurizio Sarri believes Jorginho stands the best chance to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.
According to the Italian boss, Jorginho is capable of pipping his teammate N’Golo Kante to the cart home the prestigious prize.
Jorginho has managed to grow in confidence and stature since moving to Chelsea in 2018, cementing his place as one of the fastest-rising midfielders in Europe.
The Brazilian-born midfielder played an influential role during the Blues’ unlikely run to Champions League glory last season and has been equally impressive in Italy’s engine room.
The 29-year-old has been a mainstay in Italy’s squad through their Euro 2020 campaign, scoring a decisive penalty against Spain in the semis to send his side to the final of the tournament.
While his Chelsea midfield partner N’Golo Kante has widely been backed as a favourite to win the Ballon d’Or, Sarri contends Jorginho represents an equal chance.
The Lazio manager noted his former player would further raise his stakes for the award should Italy win the continental title.
“If he wins the European Championship too, he will become one,” the former Chelsea manager declared as cited by Metro UK.
“He is so good and intelligent that he makes everything seem easy, rarely anything spectacular remains in your eyes. This is its greatness,” he added.
Lionel Messi odds favourite for Ballon d’Or
Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported Lionel Messi was now leading the race to win this year’s prestigious Ballon d’Or award going by the odds the Argentina international currently has.
Last season in the Spanish La Liga, the Barca superstar and his teammates failed to win the title, but they did themselves some good by winning the Copa del Rey.
The Argentine football legend scored an impressive 30 times in La Liga as he finished as the top scorer last season ahead of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
OddsChecker has now found that bookmakers have put Messi as the favourite to win France Football’s coveted prize in 2021.
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Source: Tuko News