‘Nobody can dispute that’: Chelsea player says he truly deserves all the awards he has won recently

Jorginho defended the individual awards he has and has not collected for Chelsea and Italy over the past 12 months.

Speaking to the official FIFA website, the midfielder declared that every personal accolade recently added to his trophy cabinet had been justified.

Jorginho’s treasure chest

Silverware has certainly rained down upon Jorginho’s shoulders since the tail end of last season.

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After claiming Champions League glory with Chelsea, he emerged victorious from the European Championships as an Italian hero.

A month or so later, the 30-year-old converted a penalty in the UEFA Super Cup finale triumph over Villarreal.

During the current campaign, he picked up the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year.

He then finished third in the men’s Ballon d’Or running behind Robert Lewandowski and eventual winner Lionel Messi.

More opportunties on the horizon

Jorginho shared the joint fifth position with fellow club co-worker N’Golo Kante for the Best Men’s Player at the FIFA ceremony held last month.

Both Blues made it into the FIFAPro World XI, the only members of Thomas Tuchel’s squad to do so.

When asked whether he should’ve finished higher in the main male category, Jorginho responded resolutely.

“I think I deserved what I won – nobody can dispute that. I’m really happy for everything I achieved. I didn’t achieve it alone,” said the Italian international.

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“I know that all the people who helped me, who were involved were part of this too. I won some awards, I didn’t win this one but I was really pleased to be named in the (FIFA FIFPRO World XI).”

It might not be long before another piece of gold lands in Jorginho’s lap.

Chelsea kick start their Club World Cup campaign this evening against Al Hilal in Abu Dhabi.

Failure to win this competition and the Carabao Cup final is just around the corner.

There’s also the FA Cup and Champions League to think about; we are sure Jorginho won’t go without a prize in 2022.  

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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.