Frank Leboeuf claimed Jorginho did not win the Ballon d’Or because the Chelsea midfielder is not as glamorous compared to the other nominees.

Speaking on ESPN, Leboeuf completed refuted the notion of the individual award, saying the eventual winner was not often the worthy victor.

Messi’s night

Lionel Messi picked up his seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday evening, beating Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to the golden ball.

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The enthralling Argentine scored 38 times and provided 14 assists for Barcelona last season before joining Paris Saint-Germain over the summer.


He also won the Copa del Rey and more significantly, his very first Copa America at the fifth attempt.

However, many felt the prize was wrongly awarded.

Lewandowski netted an incredible 48 goals in 2020/21, firing Bayern Munich to a German league and cup double.

As a consolation, the centre-forward was named Striker of the Year at the recent ceremony.

Ballon d’Or favouritism

Jorginho finished the evening empty-handed, after being placed behind the two attackers in the main category.

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Luckily for the Italian, his trophy cabinet is already well-stocked.

This year alone, he has claimed Champions League, European Championship and Super Cup glory.

Not to mention being named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year.

This was clearly not enough to edge him ahead of Messi, a farcical decision in Leboeuf’s eyes.   

“You know why Jorginho is not the Ballon d’Or winner? Because that trophy isn’t designed for the best player in the world. It’s designed for the most entertaining player in the world,” said the former Chelsea centre-back.

“When Messi first signed for PSG, I was the first who wanted to go the Parc des Princes to see him.

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“Had it been Jorginho (signing for PSG) – winning the European Championship and winning the Champions League for Italy and Chelsea – I wouldn’t have gone to the Parc de Princes.

“Because, with all due respect, Jorginho is a fantastic player, fantastic guy working for the others, he’s not the star, he’s not a megastar. He’s not somebody you’re going to pay a ticket for.

“It’s been shown lately that stars don’t make you win. On the contrary, they make you lose many, many times. You can see that with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain.

“Where, you see that Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are winning all trophies.”

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Leboeuf is right in that the Ballon d’Or is rarely awarded to a player outside of the attacking positions.

Luka Modric was the outlier in 2018; before that, the last person to beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi who wasn’t a forward was Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.

Jorginho can still probably rest easy at night though, even if his vast array of silverware is constantly reflecting the moon’s glare.

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