Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Chelsea midfielder Jorginho deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year after an incredible season for both club and country.
The 29-year-old won the Champions League with Chelsea and helped Italy lift the Euro 2020 trophy earlier this summer. Jorginho is one of the 30 shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or, and while Lionel Messi is the bookmakers' favourite to win the prestigious award, Tuchel believes Jorginho should be rewarded for his efforts.
"Jorginho deserves to win the Ballon d’Or," the Chelsea manager said according to Football Italia. "He’s a very intelligent player and it’s a pleasure to be his coach."
Only four midfielders - Luis Figo (2000), Pavel Nedved (2003), Kaka (2007), and Luka Modric (2018) - have won the Ballon d'Or since the turn of the century.
"He [Jorginho] has a great vision of football," the German added. "For me, individual prizes don’t have great significance, it’s impossible to make a real comparison between several players of different roles.
"I would like one of my players to win it because I would know what the effect would be. Then Jorginho is a great person and an excellent player, but in general it’s not the most important thing."
Tuchel also spoke about bringing Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge for a club-record fee in August.
“I’m sorry for the Inter fans, but like everyone, we try to improve our formation,” he added. “We were looking for a very physical striker, a point of reference, a player with a personality who could lift the pressure off the shoulders of the younger players and give us the chance to play faster football.
“Returning to England, where he played as a young man, was important for him. I knew he was an extraordinary person.”