Rio Ferdinand was one of the biggest critics of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho. The Manchester United legend never fancied the Chelsea midfielder during his first season at the club and criticised him often.
Ferdinand slammed Jorginho back in 2019, as he said: “He gets no assists, he’s not a great defender, once a game gets like this against the big teams he gets overrun in midfield and he can’t run.”
Jorginho is now rated as one of the best players in the world, and has been named as UEFA best player following a phenomenal season for club and country.
Jorginho is a mainstay in Thomas Tuchel’s team, and he has now vowed to continue to embarrass the likes of Ferdinand and co with his success after they rated him poorly and continually bashed him at the club.
“My start at Chelsea made me miss it [Napoli] even more,” said Jorginho.
“We all remember what they were saying, right? I was too slow. I was too weak. I was Sarri’s son. Man, it made me so angry.
“But listen, they underestimated me. You see, I’ve had a turbulent start at every club I’ve been with. Every club. It’s incredible.
“When I came to Verona, nobody wanted me. They sent me on loan to the fourth division. Nobody wanted me there either. But I kept working and I won respect. I went back to Verona and we went up to Serie A.
“I had a hard year at Napoli, too, and then Sarri came and changed everything.
“So the Chelsea stuff? Puh! I just used the criticism as fuel. I was thinking, ‘These people are going to be embarrassed.”