Chelsea midfielder Jorginho says that Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne would be a more than deserving winner of the Ballon d’Or for everything he has achieved in recent seasons.
The Italian is one of the favourites for the award this year, and when asked who he thought should win, he claimed that De Bruyne is the player he would pick (after jokingly choosing himself):
“If I don’t vote for myself, who will? I want to have at least one voice. I think I would vote for Kevin de Bruyne for everything he has done and for the great football he has shown in recent years. For those who love football, it’s very nice to watch him play because he understands football. He’s a player with above average intelligence.”
While many supporters haven’t forgiven Jorginho for the way he snubbed City for Chelsea three years ago, many on Twitter still appreciated the fact that he decided to single out De Bruyne for praise:
He knows ball
— Ag (@iysilver) October 29, 2021
Jorginho really appreciate what football is 👏
— Nights° (@mhyzta_morgan) October 29, 2021
I m officially dropping my Jorginho agenda
— 𝓙𝓪𝓶𝓮𝓼 𝓜𝓬𝓢𝓲𝓵𝓿𝓪 🎃 (@JamesMcSilva) October 29, 2021
Dropping Agenda as per
— KDBXGREALISH (@kdbxgrealish) October 29, 2021
J5 knows footy
— Chris Ronan (@christaps18) October 29, 2021
he knows ball tbf
— ¹⁷ (@ohzai17) October 29, 2021
wish he said that before the votings would’ve raised his votes from the Italians ahahahaha lol
— MONGRAALBURNER (@mongraalburner) October 29, 2021
De Bruyne is not a frontrunner for the Ballon d’Or this time around, both due to form and fitness issues but, as Jorginho says himself, he has done more than enough to warrant such a prize for his performances over the past six years.
According to the bookies, though, this year’s award is likely to go to either Robert Lewandowski or Lionel Messi.