Ballon d'Or 2021: Bronze for Jorginho and Kerr while Chelsea named Club of the Year

There was plenty of Chelsea recognition at the 65th Ballon d’Or, which took place at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday evening, with Jorginho and Sam Kerr both finishing third in the men’s and women's awards.

The Italian was pipped to the coveted award by Lionel Messi, who landed his seventh Ballon d’Or, while Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski was just ahead of Jorginho in second.

N’Golo Kante also made the top 10 as he came in fifth place, while there was also a third-placed finish for Sam Kerr in the Women’s award, which also saw Pernille Harder, Jessie Fleming and Fran Kirby named in the top 10.

As well as the men’s and women’s editions of the coveted award, there was also the Yashin Trophy up for grabs, which is dedicated to goalkeepers, as well as two newly created awards by France Football magazine.

Edouard Mendy took silver in the Yashin Trophy, edged out to the award by Italy and PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

One of the newly created awards, Club of the Year, was won by the Blues as our excellent seasons across both our men’s and women’s side was duly noted by the football world.

Below is a recap of all our winners!

Jorginho comes third in Ballon d'Or

After lifting European silverware on the club and national team stage this year, Jorginho has been awarded third place in the vote for the prestigious Ballon d’Or.

The Italian narrowly missed out on the top prize to Lionel Messi, with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski claiming second. It is the best performance for a Chelsea player at the awards since Frank Lampard was runner-up in 2005.

Jorginho, who turns 30 next month, has enjoyed a prolific year for the Blues as he helped us to Champions League and Super Cup triumphs with his fluid passing and movement in midfield, not to mention those unerring goals from the penalty spot in his inimitable style.

His defence-splitting pass in the Champions League quarter-finals set up Mason Mount to open the scoring against Porto in a 2-0 win and he was an ever-present in the knockout round barring the second leg of our last-16 clash with Atletico Madrid, during which he memorably celebrated in the stands with team-mates Mount and Thiago Silva.

For the Azzurri, he proved indispensable as they marched to the Euro 2020 title. The Chelsea man was one of only two outfield players to start every single game for Italy as they went all the way, proving key to their success.

He scored the decisive penalty in the semi-final shootout win over Spain and, although he saw his effort from the spot saved as Roberto Mancini’s men beat England in the final, his importance to Italy’s triumph was beyond doubt, as shown when he was selected in the UEFA Euro 2020 Team of the Tournament.

Earlier today, Jorginho's Chelsea team-mates Cesar Azpilicueta, Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku and N'Golo Kante were placed joint 29th, 19th, 12th and fifth respectively.

The Ballon d’Or award is presented by France Football magazine to the best male footballer playing in Europe over the last 12 months and is voted for by journalists, as well as the managers and captains of European national teams.

Chelsea named Club of the Year!

Chelsea have been named as the Club of the Year at tonight's Ballon d’Or ceremony after winning the Champions League last season for the second time in the club’s history, plus Chelsea Women securing a league and cup double in 2021. 

Thomas Tuchel’s side also reached the FA Cup final as well as finishing fourth in the Premier League, and have been rewarded for their successes with this prestigious award - which was one of two new awards added this year at the ceremony in Paris.

A total of five Chelsea players were amongst 30 nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or award, with five Chelsea Women named in the 20-strong female award.

No other team had more players represented for either award than the Blues, who also had goalkeeper Edouard Mendy amongst the Yashin Trophy nominees, after becoming the first-ever African goalkeeper to win the Champions League.

Chelsea’s incredible form at the back end of last season has transferred to the current campaign, as we currently sit top of the Premier League and have already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

A huge reason behind our recent success is down to head coach Thomas Tuchel. The Bavarian, who arrived at the club in January, has won 32 of his initial 51 Chelsea matches, tasting defeat in just seven matches.

Transforming the defence has been a huge part of Tuchel’s work, with his side keeping 31 clean sheets across the 51 games – conceding a remarkably low total of 25 goals.

Chelsea Women also went from strength to strength in 2021. Emma Hayes’s side won the Women’s Super League for the second year running last season, alongside winning the League Cup and reaching the Champions League final for the first time in our history.

The Blues have also started this campaign strongly, sitting in second position in the WSL behind Arsenal, with seven wins from eight matches, and will contest the FA Cup final against the Gunners on Sunday.

Mendy takes second in Yashin Trophy vote

Edouard Mendy has been named as the second-best goalkeeper in European football as part of tonight’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris.

In addition to the headline award for Europe’s best footballer, the prestigious event at the Theatre du Chatelet arranged by France Football magazine also announced the result of the vote for Yashin Trophy, named for legendary Soviet Union international Lev Yashin, the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon d’Or.

Although this year’s award went to Italy keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma after helping his country win Euro 2020 during the summer, second place in the vote by previous Ballon d’Or winners went to Mendy, who was watching the ceremony live at Stamford Bridge with Thomas Tuchel and his Blues team-mates, as Covid-19 rules prevented them from attending in person.

It was the least Mendy deserved after an incredible year for the French-born Senegal international, the undoubted highlight of which came at the end of last season, when he played a major role in Chelsea lifting the Champions League trophy in Porto.

He was named as the Champions League’s best goalkeeper for 2020/21, as he kept nine clean sheets in 12 appearances in that competition, in addition to a number of vital saves, especially a string of stops to deny Karim Benzema over the two legs of our semi-final against Real Madrid.

It is not just on the European scene that Mendy has been so impressive since arriving at Chelsea in August 2019, either, having conceded just 39 goals in his 62 Blues matches in all competitions so far, keeping 38 clean sheets in the process.

Although he didn’t receive this year’s Yashin Trophy, second place still underlines the incredible journey the 29-year-old has taken, having gone from playing in the French lower leagues and contemplating a possible end to his professional career, to one of the world’s best goalkeepers, all in as little as six years.

Sam Kerr finishes third in Ballon d'Or Feminin

Chelsea forward Sam Kerr has finished third in this year’s Ballon d’Or Feminin after a stellar few years with Chelsea Women.

Kerr has become a vital part of Emma Hayes’s squad since joining midway through the 2019/20 season, with 43 goals in just 58 appearances.

The 28-year-old narrowly missed out on top honours, having been named on the shortlist for the women's award for the third time in her career.

The Blues forward was pipped to the award by Barcelona Women duo Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso into first and second, who guided the Spanish side to the Champions League last season, defeating the Blues 4-0 in the final.

Despite just missing out on the coveted prize, the Australian is no stranger to winning awards, having scooped the Golden Boot for the Barclays Women’s Super League 2020/21 season with 21 goals in 22 matches.

It is an accolade she received two previous times as top scorer in the US and Australia, making her the first player to ever win it across three different leagues, in three different continents.

As well as the Golden Boots, during her time at Chelsea the number 20 has also secured back-to-back league and Continental Cup wins and last season also came out top in the Community Shield, as well as reaching the final of the Women’s Champions League for the first time in the club’s history. 

Kerr's Chelsea team-mates Pernille Harder, Jessie Fleming and Fran Kirby all made the top 10, finishing in seventh, ninth and 10th on the list. 

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