Former Italian international Antonio Cassano has revealed Jorginho also believes Lionel Messi should win the next Ballon d'Or.
Jorginho has emerged as a potential contender for the Ballon d'Or after he helped Chelsea to Champions League glory and Italy to Euro 2020 title.
Meanwhile, Messi has been tipped to claim his seventh Ballon d'Or after he starred for Argentina in their title-winning 2021 Copa America campaign. Messi was also the standout performer at FC Barcelona during an underwhelming 2020/21 season.
Cassano has now revealed that Jorginho agrees with his claim that it would be a 'scandal' if the Italian midfielder won the coveted award ahead of Messi.
"Well, I was in Formentera with my family and just as I sat down, I felt a touch. ‘Antonio, you’re great!’ the voice says. I turn around to ask who he was, he took off his glasses and mask, and it was Jorginho!
"I told him, Jorgi, can you believe the scandal if they should give you the Ballon d’Or and not to Messi? He replied that he absolutely agreed with me, Messi should always win it.
"Now I admire Jorginho even more. We were talking for a good 90 minutes. He is an exceptional guy, very intelligent, humble and polite."