Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho has been named UEFA men’s Player of the Year 2020-21, beating Blues team-mate N’Golo Kante and Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne to the top award. In the last three months, Jorginho has won UEFA Champions League and Super Cup winner medals with Chelsea, as well as being a key man on Italy’s Euro 2020 winning campaign. Relive Euro 2020 football matches here.
“I have no words to describe this moment,” Jorginho said. “It’s unreal for me because I have worked so hard to get here. It feels amazing and none of this would have happened without the help of everyone who contributed along the way. All of my team-mates, for both Chelsea and the national team, my managers, kit men, physios, medical staff and just everyone that works in the building.
Jorginho started in both Chelsea’s Champions League final win in May and Italy’s Euro 2020 final success in July, becoming the 10th player in history to win both competitions in the same season. He is also the first Chelsea player in history to be crowned the said award, garnering 175 points from the jury. “It’s a great feeling, I’m really happy and I just want to say thank you to everyone,” Jorginho added.
Meanwhile, his Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel was named as the men’s Coach of the Year after leading the team to victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final in his first major league final since taking over as Chelsea coach in January. Tuchel beat Premier League champions coach Pep Guardiola and Euro 2020 winning coach Roberto Mancini.
Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy also won with his teammate and coach as he picked up the UEFA’s men’s Champions League Goalkeeper of the Year. Man City’s Ruben Dias won the men’s Champions League defender of the year award, while Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland claimed the striker’s trophy. In the women’s category, Barcelona women captain Alexia Putellas won the women’s Player of the Year.
Putellas, who scored Barcelona’s second goal in their 4-0 rout of Chelsea in the Champions League final, finished with 26 goals in all competitions, more than any other midfielder in Europe. She also won the women’s Champions League midfielder of the year award, while team-mates Jennifer Hermoso and Sandra Panos won the forward’s and goalkeeper’s categories, respectively.
Barcelona’s Champions League-winning manager Lluis Cortes was named as the Women’s Coach of the Year. The UEFA president’s award was handed to Denmark defender Simon Kjaer and the medical team that saved the life of Christian Eriksen following his collapse during their opening game of Euro 2020 in June, which turned out to be a cardiac arrest.
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