Rio Ferdinand doesn’t understand why Chelsea player is among Ballon d’Or nominee

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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has been touted as one of the favourites for this year’s Ballon d’Or award, after a fine season for club and country last term.

Jorginho played a key role in helping Chelsea win the Champions League and also stood out for Italy in the European Championship.

However, Ferdinand has said that he doesn’t understand why Jorginho should be among the favourites to win the award.

“The Jorginho one baffles me,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“He’s not the best player at Chelsea and he’s not the first name on the teamsheet with Italy either.

“Listen, he’s a very good player and I’m not trying to be disrespectful but I don’t see how he gets on the list with those players at the level those guys have been playing at.

“If you look at Chelsea in the run-in to winning the Champions League I think Kante was man of the match in five of the last six games so it baffles me.

“He’s won two of the big trophies I get that, I understand it but when you’re putting him up against the four other players there it doesn’t really make sense to me.”

Ferdinand then tipped Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to win the award.

“I think this year, Lewandowski, yeah,” said Ferdinand.

“56 goal involvements in 38 games is ridiculous. That is Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi numbers.”

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