Shakhtar Donetsk manager Roberto De Zerbi has named Juventus and Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini as one of the potential Ballon d’Or candidates for 2021, alongside Chelsea’s Jorginho and Lionel Messi of Barcelona.

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Roberto De Zerbi has named Juventus and Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini as one of the potential Ballon d’Or candidates for 2021, alongside Chelsea’s Jorginho and Lionel Messi of Barcelona.

De Zerbi believes Chiellini could challenge Jorginho and Messi for the Ballon d’Or after leading Italy to the Euro 2020 trophy this summer.

Chiellini, who is currently a free agent, led Roberto Mancini’s side to the silver medal after Italy beat England on penalties in the final at Wembley earlier this month.

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

“He’s such a smart midfielder. When I was in Sassuolo, I told Maxime Lopez to watch him because he sees football an hour before the others.

“You won’t notice him often, but he was one of the most important players in Italy along with Gigio Donnarumma, Leo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.

“Fabio Cannavaro has won the Ballon d’Or in the past, so I don’t see why Chiellini wouldn’t win it because of the spirit he had at the European Championship. “

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Ref: https://www.cameroonmagazine.com