Jorginho reveals he was motivated to bring Chelsea fans into EMBARASS who called him ‘Sarri’s son’ when he struggled in England…
- Jorginho was crowned UEFA’s Player of the Year after a fantastic season
- He has defied his doubts by winning the Champions League and Euro 2020
- Chelsea midfielder Jorginho admitted he was eager to ’embarrass’ his critics
- After joining in 2018, Jorginho was nicknamed the ‘son’ of boss Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has admitted he won his sensational year of trophies and personal awards by using criticism from supporters as motivation.
After winning Euro 2020 with Italy and the Champions League at club level, Jorginho enjoyed the best 12 months of his career, silencing his doubters.
His current fortune is a stark reversal from the rocky epoch at the start of his time at Chelsea, when he was bullied and labeled Maurizio Sarri’s ‘son’.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has admitted he was motivated to embarrass his fierce critics
Former boss Sarri took Jorginho to Stamford Bridge in 2018 on the same day he took up the hotseat and started using it regularly.
Parts of the club’s fanbase have become increasingly annoyed by his lack of goals or assists, and Jorginho has now revealed that he was eager to ’embarrass’ them.
‘My start at Chelsea made me miss it’ [Napoli] even more,” he wrote in a piece for The players’ stand. “We all remember what they said, right? I was too slow. I was too weak. I was Sarri’s son. Man, it made me so mad.
Jorginho (second from left) was brought to the club by Maurizio Sarri (left) and played often
“But listen, they underestimated me. You see, I’ve had a turbulent start at every club I’ve been to. Any club. It’s unbelievable.
“When I came to Verona, nobody wanted me. They loaned me to the fourth division. Nobody wanted me there either. But I kept working and gained respect. I went back to Verona and we went to Serie A.
“I also had a difficult year at Napoli, and then Sarri came and everything changed.
“So the Chelsea thing? Phew! I just used the criticism as fuel. I thought, “These people will be ashamed of themselves.”
When the duo arrived together, Jorginho was called ‘Sarri’s son’ because of his inexhaustible character
“And now I’m sitting here with a Europa League title and a Champions League title. So to all the critics I just want to say one thing. Thank you. Really, thank you all.’
His record for goal may have been shattered, Jorginho completed arguably the best hat-trick of them all by being crowned UEFA Player of the Year.
The accolade came after his European double, with Jorginho beating his Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kante and Manchester City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne to take the prize.
He was officially announced as the winner in the Champions League group stage draw and once again thanked his critics for helping propel him to success.
Jorginho has had a good year winning two of the biggest trophies and proving doubters wrong
He defeated N’Golo Kante (center) and Kevin De Bruyne to be crowned UEFA’s Player of the Year
“I am very sorry that I cannot be there at his important moment because of the restrictions, but I wanted to say that I am very happy with this award,” Jorginho said.
‘I want to thank all the people who have contributed to make this possible.
“A big thank you to all the people who have helped me on this journey, from family to friends, to the supporters and my teammates and to people who didn’t believe in me.
Jorginho also shone on international duty, winning Euro 2020 with Italy after beating England
‘Thanks to them they have motivated me even more to work. I’m very happy, a hug for everyone.’
Becoming Player of the Year will bolster Jorginho’s unlikely hopes of winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or this year as well.
If he sensationally won the title, he would become the second player, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, to have won the title since 2008.