Chelsea star backed to beat Lionel Messi

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Following Argentina’s performance in the Copa America, Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been tipped to win the Ballon d’Or.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has also been in the running, following his performance for Chelsea and Italy.

Jorginho played a key role in helping Chelsea win the Champions League and was brilliant for Italy as the Azzurris won the European Championship.

Only Luka Modric has come in between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance in the past decade plus.

Former Chelsea star and assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has backed his compatriot Jorginho to beat Messi to the award.

“The Ballon d’Or is usually awarded to a striker or an offensive player who can score a lot,” the Chelsea hero told Stats Perform.

“Now we are talking about a fantastic player like Messi who did extraordinary things for the first time with his national team – and this won’t go unnoticed.

“Should they give it to Jorginho, it would be deserved. He gives concrete balance and pace to his teams. I was lucky to have him at Chelsea and I know what he does on the pitch.

“It would be deserved because not only were his performances at a high level, but the teams he played for have been outstanding. This must be taken into account.”

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