Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is excited to see his name included in the Ballon d'Or 2021 nominees, with the much-coveted award set to be handed out to the world's best footballer in just over a month. The Ballon d'Or 2021 will be awarded on November 29.
Jorginho is one of the frontrunners for the elusive individual honour after winning glory for both club and country. He won the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea in May before winning the Euro 2020 title with Italy a few months after in the summer.
While speaking to the Telegraph, Jorginho said, "It’s, if I had to say a word, unreal. My dream was just to be a professional footballer, and then things started to happen, and I kept believing and working really hard. It’s hard to keep it [thoughts about the Ballon d’Or] out because there's a lot going on about it and a lot of people saying these things, which I appreciate a lot. But I try to not think that much because then I lose focus on other important things we are fighting for. I just try to wait and see what’s going to happen."
In the same interview, Jorginho explained why it was important to believe in oneself if one wanted to achieve the highest honours. The Chelsea midfielder also added that the desire to achieve the goal was equally important as he stated that 'nothing's impossible,' but one needs to 'really want it' to achieve it. The Italian explained that since he comes from a 'really small town,' he was just delighted to have an opportunity to play football at the highest level.
While he admitted that he would love to be given the Ballon d'Or 2021 trophy, he insisted that team honours come ahead of his individual trophies. "Without the team, the individual trophies wouldn’t come. So how can I put the individual in front of the team? I can’t because without the team, it would not be possible, never, ever for this to happen. So the team prizes are more important, of course," said Jorginho.