Ally McCoist has disagreed with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho finishing third in the 2021 Ballon d’Or voting.
Lionel Messi pipped Robert Lewandowski to the individual prize this week by clinching the Ballon d’Or crown for a seventh time.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Jorginho ended up third after winning both the Champions League and European Championship in this calendar year. N’Golo Kante (5th), Romelu Lukaku (12th), Mason Mount (19th), Cesar Azpilicueta (29th) were fellow Chelsea representatives inside the top 30.
TalkSport pundit McCoist has said his top three would’ve been Lewandowski, followed by Messi and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool attacker Salah, who finished seventh in the Ballon d’Or voting, is arguably the world’s most in-form player right now. He doesn’t have the same kind of trophy haul as Jorginho in 2021, though.
Liverpool’s favourite may be well on course to chase down the prize in 2022 if he continues like he is.
“Maybe it’s a little bit harsh because Jorginho has had a fantastic year,” McCoist said.
“But the difference I think with Jorginho is he’s had a wonderful season playing with two wonderful teams and has had great success.
“I’m not sure his play, as brilliant as it has been, merits world footballer of the year.”
Chelsea fans expect the best Jorginho now Ballon d’Or saga is over
Of course, Jorginho made a shocking mistake in the 1-1 draw to Manchester United at the weekend. However, he did equalise from the penalty spot to salvage a point in the Premier League meeting.
There has been so much focus around him in the past couple of months regarding discussions about the Ballon d’Or.
Chelsea’s deep-lying midfielder can now get back to focusing on reaching his elite levels every game.
The 29-year-old can dictate possession in front of a defence, as well as provide an attacking threat with his passing. Also, he’s usually reliable off the ball with his positioning and tackling.
He’s facing a late fitness test ahead of tonight’s league match away to Watford, and it’ll be a big boost if he’s passed fit to play.
Jorginho’s name being out of the limelight should help him.
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