Italy and Chelsea playmaker Jorginho has been named Uefa men’s Player of the Year 2020-21. The 29-year-old beat fellow Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kante and Manchester City’s playmaker Kevin de Bruyne to win the award. After guiding Chelsea to the Champions League, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel won the men’s coach of the year award.
Jorginho Named Uefa Men’s Player of the Year
Jorginho played 56 games for club and country last season and scored nine goals, winning the Champions League with Chelsea and the European Championship with Italy. He started the new season by claiming a third Uefa trophy to beat Villarreal in a penalty shootout.
Chelsea team-mate Edouard Mendy was named goalkeeper after keeping nine clean sheets during the run to lifting the Champions League, and France’s Kante was named midfielder of the year. Manchester City’s Ruben Dias was named defender of the year after helping the club to their first Champions League final in his debut season with them.
Tuchel was named men’s coach of the year after guiding his side to victory over Manchester City in Porto just four months after replacing Frank Lampard as manager. Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland was named forward of the year.
Meanwhile, Denmark captain Simon Kjaer and the medical team that saved Christian Eriksen’s life during Euro 2020 were awarded the Uefa President’s Award by Aleksander Ceferin.
Men’s Uefa awards
Player of the year – Jorginho (Chelsea)
Coach of the year – Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea)
Goalkeeper of the year – Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
Defender of the year – Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
Midfielder of the year – N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Forward of the year – Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
President’s award – Denmark captain Simon Kjaer and medical team