Trevor Sinclair has said that “underappreciated” Chelsea star Jorginho would be his pick to win this year’s individual Ballon d’Or award. 

Jorginho is included on a 30-man shortlist of nominees for the prestigious prize, with four other Blues teammates also included.

The 29-year-old has had the year of his life. First of all, he won the Champions League back in May. He then followed that up soon after by starring for his country Italy as they won Euro 2020 in the summer.

TalkSPORT pundit Sinclair is still suggesting that £110,000-a-week man Jorginho remains an unsung hero. The deep-lying midfield playmaker does a lot of the work that isn’t the most pleasing on the eye but is essential in top teams. 

“What he did for both Italy and Chelsea, it’s a huge double to win. I think he was instrumental in both,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.

“He’s probably underappreciated a little bit. He does such an integral job for both Chelsea and Italy. I think if you’re winning two massive trophies you’ve got to come into the reckoning [to win the Ballon d’Or]. For me, I’d probably go Jorginho.”

Italy v Belgium  UEFA Nations League 2021 Third Place Match
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Jorginho will be loved by teammates

Of course, there is often a clamour from the modern day fan to watch the individuals that scores the most goals or produces the most tricks. 

 

However, Jorginho has been at the heartbeat of both the Chelsea and Italy team in 2021.

There is no denying he’s been playing alongside quality teammates that have been crucial in winning silverware, but he makes it easier for those around him.

His ability to receive possession anywhere on the pitch makes him an amazing outlet. Jamie Carragher claimed last month he loves how “brave” he is on the ball. Therefore, players surely love having someone they can pop the ball into at any moment.

Chelsea Training and Press Conference
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Extra Chelsea competition can only be a good thing

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has suddenly emerged in the past month as another option for Chelsea to play as the individual at the base of midfield. 

The Englishman is now an unlikely rival to Jorginho for a starting role, so perhaps it can give him a nudge to elevate his game even further. 

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