'Surprising': Desailly shocked as Chelsea player breaks 31 year record at Euro 2020

Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly responded to a post that perfectly reflected Jorginho’s European Championship campaign.

Desailly uploaded a photo onto his Twitter that detailed why Jorginho stood out from the crowd during Italy’s successful title-winning adventure.

According to Opta, the Chelsea midfielder made 25 interceptions at the Euros, which is the highest figure ever documented at a single edition of the competition since this data was available (1980).

The previous record was held by Desailly, who managed 24 at the 1996 addition as France made it to the semi-final.

This latest achievement has put Jorginho on a pedestal like never before.

He was already on cloud nine after helping Chelsea to a Champions League winners medal.

Now, the 29-year-old is a cult hero amongst his club fans and the whole of his country.

Photo by Michael Regan – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

His name has even been thrust forward for a Ballon d’Or nomination, an award that rarely leaves the grasp of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

With Ronaldo’s Euros race run out in the round of 16, it could well be a straight shootout between Messi and Jorginho.

Write that sentence a year ago and many would have laughed you off the page.

In modern-day reality, this scenario is seriously picking up steam.

Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images

And steam was exactly what Jorginho was blowing out during his Euros run.

According to UEFA, nobody covered more distance across the tournament than Chelsea’s maestro (86.6km).

He can now rest his weary legs for a couple of weeks, before returning to Cobham for pre-season training.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.