3 players named as potential Ballon d’Or contenders

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The Ballon d’Or award for 2021 is one that will bring lots of arguments on who deserves it most.

As it stands, there is no clearcut favourite to win the Ballon d’Or award, with some selected names being mooted as contenders.

Shakhtar Donetsk manager, Roberto De Zerbi, has gone ahead to name Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, Juventus and Italy captain, Giorgio Chiellini and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to be among potential contenders for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, De Zerbi said, “If you look at the trophies he’s [Jorginho] won, he deserves it [Ballon d’ Or].

“He is such a smart midfielder. When I was at Sassuolo, I used to tell Maxime Lopez to watch him closely because he sees football one hour before the others.

“You won’t notice him many times, but he was one of Italy’s key players with Gigio Donnarumma, Leo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.

“However, Messi remains Messi and, until he plays, will be among the candidates.

“Fabio Cannavaro won the Ballon d’Or in the past, so I don’t see why Chiellini shouldn’t win it for the spirit he had at the Euros.”

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