Jorginho’s Rise From Brazil’s Beaches To Ballon D’Or Contender

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Perhaps it was right that Jorginho returned to Chelsea’s training field with silver hair after a summer of silverware. “Terrible,” said teammate Hakim Ziyech, but it underscored the midfielder’s near-invincible confidence after a golden period in which he was crowned king of Europe.

Last month, the Italy international became only the 11th player in history to win both the Champions League and the European Championship in the same season, capping off a spectacular odyssey that began on the beaches of Brazil and ended with a legendary Wembley victory.

He has now won the Super Cup against Villarreal in Belfast, completing a European hat-trick in the space of 74 days. Winning has become “addictive,” according to the 29-year-old, who claims he is “hungry” for more prizes.

Jorginho, who moved away from home as a youngster to pursue his profession and claims he was forced to survive on 20 euros a week as a young player in Italy, is now being tipped to win the Ballon d’Or by former Napoli and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.

Kai Havertz, a Chelsea teammate, told BBC Sport: “I believe there are some very talented players beside him who could win it, but he certainly deserves it after winning the Champions League and Euros in the same year. It’s a lot of fun playing with him.”

Source: BBC Sport

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