Giorgio Chiellini has said Italy team-mate Jorginho “truly deserves” to win the Ballon d’Or.
Veteran Juventus defender Chiellini and Chelsea playmaker Jorginho helped Italy claim Euro 2020 glory as the Azzurri beat England on penalties to lift the title at Wembley in the summer.
Jorginho also proved central to Chelsea’s Champions League triumph last term, flourishing under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will take on Chiellini’s Juventus in Turin on Wednesday night, and Juve’s 37-year-old centre-back revealed his strong belief that Jorginho should be awarded the prestigious Ballon d’Or.
“I truly hope he will be able to win it, because he’s a good friend of mine,” said Chiellini.
“And it would also be an award that I will also feel is mine, being an Italian of course, and as a player involved in a win and emotions that will always be in our hearts.
“I’d always thought that Jorginho was a good player… Since (Italy boss Roberto) Mancini arrived and was able to give continuity, I was able to realise just how good he is and what a top player he really is.