UEFA has announced the player of the year award for the season 2020 – 2021. Jorginho from Chelsea has been named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for the 2020-21 season, capping off a stellar year for both club and country.
Jorginho had a shining year as he helped Chelsea win the Champions League against Manchester City and six weeks later his national team – Italy won Euro 2020 defeating England on 3-2 penalties. He also won the UEFA Super Cup final with Chelsea on 12th Aug beating Villarreal on 6-5 penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Jorginho has now added the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award to his Champions League and Euro 2020 titles. He started every game for Italy and missed only one for the Blues during their run to continental glory, becoming the tenth player to win both competitions in the same year.
Former Napoli midfielder Jorginho won the award over Chelsea teammate N’Golo Kante. He also beat Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne to win the title on Thursday in Istanbul. The title was awarded during the announcement of the Champions League draw for the upcoming season 2021/22.
It is the first time in the award’s 11-year history that the top three players are all midfielders. The three-man shortlist was notable for the absence of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Erling Haaland.
Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich was named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year last season. This prestigious title is based on performances at the club and international levels over the course of a season.
It seems that this was Chelsea’s year as all the awards are in the Blues bag with Edouard Mendy named Goalkeeper of the Year and Kante winning the award for best midfielder while Thomas Tuchel announced UEFA coach of the year.