Antonio Cassano, a former Real Madrid striker, has revealed that there would be a “scandal” if the 2021 Ballon d’Or is awarded to Chelsea’s Jorginho ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi.
Jorginho has been tipped to win the Ballon d’ Or this year after winning the UEFA Champions and UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea.
The midfielder also won the Euro 2020 with the Italy national team after they defeated England on penalties in the final at Wembley.
However, Jorginho will have to battle Messi, who won the Copa America with Argentina.
Speaking on the development, Cassano told Christian Vieri on Bobo TV Twitch channel, “Remember when I said any journalist who voted for Jorginho as Ballon d’Or should have his licence taken away?
“Well, I was in Formentera with my family and just as I looked down, I felt a touch. ‘Antonio, you’re great!’ the voice says. I turned around to ask who he was, he took off his glasses and mask, and it was Jorginho!
“I told him, Jorgi, can you believe the scandal if they should give you the Ballon d’Or and not Messi? He replied that he absolutely agreed with me, Messi should always win it.
“Now I admire Jorginho even more. We were talking for a good 90 minutes, he is an exceptional guy, very intelligent, humble and polite.”