Jorginho and Mendy chasing more success after Ballon d’Or recognition


orginho is targeting another golden year with Chelsea after missing out on the Ballon d’Or last night.

The Italian came third behind winner Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, after an incredible 12 months which saw him crowned European champion for both club and country.

Chelsea were named Club of the Year at the ceremony in Paris in recognition of their outstanding achievements across the men’s and women’s games – with Thomas Tuchel’s side lifting the Champions League in May and Emma Hayes’ team winning a league and cup double, which could become a treble should they beat Arsenal in Sunday’s delayed FA Cup final.

Jorginho’s third place was the club’s best performance in the Ballon d’Or since Frank Lampard was runner-up to Ronaldinho in 2005.

Now the Euro 2020 winner has immediately set his sights on more trophies, with Chelsea currently leading the way in the Premier League and through to the knockout stages in Europe.

Jorginho said: “We have a lot to play for, which keeps us working hard to try to win trophies, because they are what this club is about.

“I am very happy, but I achieved this not by myself, but with the help of the whole team. I’m just really grateful for that and I’m really happy and proud of myself and proud of the whole group and proud of this team because we deserve it, all together.”

N’Golo Kante came fifth, while Edouard Mendy was runner-up to Gianluigi Donnarumma for the Yashin trophy, which crowns the best goalkeeper in Europe.

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Mendy said: “We did an excellent job last year and we continue this year.

“For football, 2021 is the best year of my life because it was an amazing season, we won the biggest title in Europe in my first year in a big club.

“It’s my best year at the moment, but I hope the next years will be better or the same.”

The ceremony was held at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, but due to Covid restrictions, the Chelsea players involved watched from Stamford Bridge, along with Tuchel and Hayes. Chief executive Marina Granovskaia and technical director Petr Cech were also at the reception.

Chelsea Women forward Sam Kerr also came third in the Ballon d’Or Feminin. Barcelona Women’s Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso finished first and second respectively.

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