Liverpool Ace Snubbed as Zola Backs Shock Identify for Ballon d’Or


Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has snubbed Ballon d’Or frontrunner Virgil van Dijk by claiming a former Chelsea star “deserves” the award.

Zola spent the autumn of his profession at Stamford Bridge between 1996-2003 in a seven-year spell that yielded six main trophies.

The Italian retains a particular place in Chelsea followers’ hearts, maybe explaining his newest choice to again a former Blue for the upcoming 2019 Ballon d’Or award.Liverpool defensive colossus Virgil van Dijk is the present overwhelming favorite with the bookies, and regardless of lately being backed by Jurgen Klopp for the gong, Zola believes ex-Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard must be the participant recognised as a substitute.The Belgian ahead completed the season strongly with Chelsea, however has up to now struggled to make an affect in Madrid following his blockbuster transfer to the Bernabeu in the summertime.Maybe exhibiting a bit Chelsea bias, Zola instructed Italian publication Il Mattino (by way of Sport Witness): “Hazard made a unprecedented season with us at Chelsea final 12 months. He deserves it.”The 28-year-old can be a shock winner if recognised given his comparatively lowly place within the bookmakers eyes, with odds as excessive as 500/1 with some.

In the meantime, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville poked enjoyable at one another after the duo named their Premeir League groups of the last decade which included a number of Chelsea names.


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