Chris Sutton thought Chelsea midfielder Jorginho should be in contention for the Ballon d’Or thanks to his European Championship antics.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live last night following Italy’s semi-final win against Spain, Sutton had huge admiration for Jorginho’s role in his nation’s victory.
It was the 29-year-old’s perfect penalty that ensured an Azzurri triumph in the eventual shoot-out.
Level after two hours of relentless football, the two countries locked horns in a spot-kick showdown.
Italy missed their first but owed Spain for hitting two blanks for themselves.
Everything then rested on Jorginho, who made no mistake as he rolled the ball into the back of the net.
It was a moment that encapsulated his tournament up to that point; composed, commanding, and always in control.
Sutton sizes up Jorginho
His performances for Italy and Chelsea over the past few months have even thrown him into the Ballon d’Or conversation, thanks to his part in the Blues Champions League scalp.
Sutton echoed this statement, suggesting that conversion from 12-yards was enough evidence to put Jorginho up for the elite prize.
“I think Lorenzo Insigne said Jorginho should be considered for the Ballon d’Or. He should after that,” said the former Blues striker.
“How do you do that when there’s so much pressure? He watches the goalkeeper Unai Simon to see where he’s going to move and you have to have so much courage and conviction to take a penalty like that – and he pulled it off.
“You have to get that so spot on, or you look idiotic. But to back yourself in that moment… that tells you everything you need to know about Jorginho and his confidence.”
One man’s meat is another man’s poison, but in this instance, they are the same thing.
Both Insigne and ex-Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri have previously agreed with Sutton that Jorginho should be up for the coveted personal award.
He may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if Italy do win the Euros, we must make a toast to the Blues maestro.
I see absolutely no reason why Jorgi can’t win the Ballon d’Or.
Realistically, who are the other candidates?
Everyone was suggesting N’Golo Kante until France were eliminated by Switzerland.
It certainly shouldn’t be Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Kylian Mbappe? No chance.
Robert Lewandowski perhaps, but Jorginho’s domestic and international triumphs trump the Pole.
Win at Wembley on Sunday and he’s got my vote (although I hope he doesn’t for potentially England’s sake).