Ballon d’ Or: Lothar Matthaus names convincing candidate for award

Germany legend, Lothar Matthaus has identified Chelsea’s Jorginho as the convincing candidate to win the Ballon d’ Or this year ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

Jorginho was recently named among 30-man nominees for this year’s Ballon d’ Or.

The Italy international will battle Salah, Messi, Lewandowski, among others, for the Ballon d’ Or.

“What Klopp’s superstar Salah has been delivering for a few months is, of course, absolutely world-class,” Matthaus told Sky Sport via Football365.

“It’s quite possible that this will help him a lot in his choice of world footballer. But that wasn’t the case for the whole year. In the spring, he and Liverpool had serious problems.

“Candidate Jorginho from Chelsea has been convincing for almost the entire last season and played a key role in winning the Champions League and the European Championship with Italy.

“He is not as spectacular as Lewandowski, whom I personally keep my fingers crossed for the most. This time, however, he lacks the international title.

“Messi won the Copa America with Argentina but achieved nothing great with Barcelona.”

The winner of the 2021 Ballon d’ Or will be announced on November 29.