Chelsea star Jorginho confronted Italy legend Antonio Cassano on the beach after being snubbed for Messi in Ballon d’Or

ANTONIO CASSANO was confronted by Jorginho while on holiday after claiming the Italy hero should NOT win the Ballon d’Or.

A number of football figures had chosen the now-Arsenal midfielder as their pick for the 2021 crown after winning the Champions League and Euro 2020.

GettyJorginho helped Italy to Euro 2020 success after Chelsea’s European glory[/caption]

But Cassano laughed off the suggestion – before bumping into Jorginho in hilarious circumstances on the beach.

For from being annoyed, the Jorginho agreed with Cassano, now 40, that Lionel Messi was a better bet for the Ballon d’Or.

The ex-striker revealed on the Twitch channel of Christian Vieri: “Remember when I said any journalist who voted for Jorginho as Ballon d’Or should have his licence taken away?

“Well, I was in Formentera with my family and just as I sat down, I felt a touch.

“‘Antonio, you’re great!’ the voice says.

“I turn around to ask who he was, he took off his glasses and mask, and it was Jorginho.

“I told him, Jorgi, can you believe the scandal if they should give you the Ballon d’Or and not to Messi?

“He replied that he absolutely agreed with me, Messi should always win it.”


Jorginho was pictured enjoying a post-season break on the Balearic island of Formentera with girlfriend Catherine Harding.

The couple also soaked up the sun in Mykonos just days after he lifted the Euros trophy.

Former Chelsea great Gianfranco Zola is one of the game’s respected voices who had tipped Jorginho to win the Ballon d’Or.

The honour would be “deserved”, said the Italian, after surprise triumphs for Chelsea and Italy.

And Jorginho has since added to his trophy collection yet again, with a goal in the penalty shootout win over Villarreal that earned the Uefa Super Cup.

Last month, the Italian made a shock £12million move to Arsenal after slipping down the Stamford Bridge pecking order under Graham Potter.