'It'll help others if I win Ballon d'Or'

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One of the favourites for the 2021 Ballon d'Or made a slightly controversial claim about the prestigious award when asked if he thinks he deserves to win it. 

The votes for this year's Ballon d'Or are said to have already been cast, and one of the contenders, Jorginho, has made a debatable suggestion about what it should take to win it. 

Scroll through the gallery below to see five players who have won the Ballon d'Or three times or more, per Statista

Over the past few years, the award has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have won it a combined 11 times, with the former having claimed six Golden Balls while the latter has five. 

Their success over the years has seemingly led to the notion that it takes an awful lot of goals and titles to win it as, in each of the years they won it, they scored an incredible number of times.  

This apparent thinking was recently echoed by Chelsea star Jorginho, a midfielder who is not a prolific goalscorer by any stretch of the imagination, when he was asked if he will get his hands on the famous prize this year. 

"It's not up to me to say if I should win the Ballon d'Or, but it would be an incentive for other players, to show that not only goals are taken into account," he told Globo Esporte. 

"I don't want to have too many expectations, but I would be hypocritical if I said I don't think about [winning] it.  

"It's great if it happens, but if it doesn't, I won't complain. 

"I keep my feet on the ground and I focus on something else, I've already won the best player of the year by UEFA." 

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This year, the Italian won the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup with the Blues, and the UEFA European Championship with Italy, and was also named UEFA's Men's Player of the Year.

Here are all the nominees for the 2021 Ballon d'Or award: 

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