French magazine France Football included the name of Italian midfielder and Chelsea Jorginho in the list of the 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or for the best player of the year 2021, alongside the Argentinian Lionel Messi, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, Pole Robert Lewandowski, Egyptian Mohamed Salah and Algerian Riyad Mahrez.
Jorginho played an important role in leading Chelsea to win the Champions League for the second time in its history, and then contributed to the Italian side’s successful run to the European Cup, which they won this summer at the expense of England.
In the absence of Messi, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain, and Ronaldo, who returned to his former team, Manchester United, from the podium last year with their former teams Barcelona, Spain and Juventus, Italy respectively, With the exception of winning the local cup competition, the door to compete for the prestigious award seems wide open. .
The list of thirty included Jorginho’s Chelsea teammate, French international midfielder N’Golo Kante, in addition to Norwegian top scorer Borussia Dortmund, Erling Haaland, Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe and compatriot Real. Madrid, Karim Benzema, and Belgian Romelu Lukaku, who helped lead Inter to Italian championship titles at the time. The first since 2010 before he left this summer to return to Chelsea.
The list of 30 candidates also included the two Arab stars, Salah and Mahrez, who played with their English teams, Liverpool and Manchester City, notably the Algerian, who helped lead her team to the Premier League title and to the final. of the Champions League.
With the announcement of the list of 30 candidates, the voting phase now begins in which the journalists, coaches and captains of the national teams will choose for them the top five candidates. Following the announcement of the preselection of candidates, the winner will be announced on November 29.
وألغيت الجائزة العام الماضي بسبب تداعيات فيروس كورونا, ليبقى اللقب في حوزة ميسي, صاحب الرقم القياسي بستة ألقاب والذي قرر خوض مغامرة جديدة هذا الموسم بتركه برشلونة للدفاع عن ألوان سان جرمان, على غرار غريمه رونالدو, الفائز باللقب خمس مرات والذي قرر ترك يوفنتوس للعودة الى Manchester United.
The cancellation of the award last year deprived Lewandowski of that honor after his wonderful season with Bayern Munich, only to win the FIFA title for best player, but he will have good chances again, especially after becoming the first player in German League history to score 41 goals during the season, breaking the record set by the late “shooter” Gerd Muller (40 goals in the 1971-1972 season).
The list of 30 nominees includes Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea, England), Italian Nicolo Barilla (Inter, Italy), Frenchman Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Italian Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Italian Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Belgian Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, England) and Portuguese Ruben. Diaz (Manchester City, England), Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma (formerly Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, France), Portuguese Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United, England), Englishman Phil Foden (Manchester City, England), Norwegian Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Italian Jorginho (Chelsea, England) and Englishman Harry Harry Kane (Tottenham), Frenchman N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, England), Dane Simon Kaer (AC Milan, Italy ), the Pole Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Germany), the Belgian Romelu Lukaku (formerly Inter and Chelsea), the Algerian Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, England), the Argentinian Lautaro Martinez (Inter, Italy) and the French Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) and Argentinian Lionel Messi (formerly Barcelona and now Saint-Germain). Croatian Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Spaniard Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Englishman Mason Mount (Chelsea), Brazilian Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Spaniard Pedri (Barcelona), Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo ( ex Juventus and Manchester United now) and Egyptian Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England). ), the Englishman Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) and the Uruguayan Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid, Spain).