It's been 15 years since a player from the Italian national team last won the Ballon d’Or. Fabio Cannavaro scooped the award following an impressive year that saw him lead his country to the World Cup in 2006.
Only five Italian players in history have been awarded the most prestigious individual award in the sport. Omar Sivori (1961), Gianni Rivera (1969), Paolo Rossi (1982), Roberto Baggio (1993) and Cannavaro (2006). Jorginho could be the latest Azzuri player to be added to that list in 2021.