European champions Chelsea crowned club of the year at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris with Jorginho and Sam Kerr both finishing third in the men’s and women’s awards
- Chelsea won Champions League and reached FA Cup final last season
- Blues are currently top of the Premier League table ahead of Manchester City
- Chelsea Women won second consecutive WSL and League Cup double last term
- Jorginho and N’Golo Kante finished third and fifth in Ballon d’Or rankings
Chelsea were announced as the inaugural winner of the Club of the Year award at the Ballon d’Or ceremony on Monday night in Paris.
The award – which comprises the achievements of both the men’s and women’s team – comes at the end of a fantastic season for the club.
Under Thomas Tuchel, who replaced Frank Lampard in January in the dugout at Stamford Bridge, the Blues reached the FA Cup final and won the Champions League by beating Manchester City in the final in Porto.
Chelsea won their second Champions League after beating Manchester City last season
The European champions have hit the ground running this season, winning the European Super Cup against Villarreal in August and are currently first in the Premier League, one point clear of City.
Chelsea Women, meanwhile, won a second consecutive Women Super League title – their third in four seasons – and successfully defended the League Cup they had won in 2020.
Emma Hayes’ team just missed out on a famous Treble, losing in the Champions League final to Barcelona.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Thomas Tuchel said they were proud of the club for winning the award
The Blues began the season by lifting the European Super Cup after beating Villarreal
Chelsea Women won a second consecutive Women’s Super League trophy last season
‘It’s a nice trophy because it’s for the club,’ Tuchel said.
‘We have a very successful women’s team and academy. We’re happy to have this award. We had a lot of players nominated.’
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta added: ‘We’d like to be there with you. Unfortunately we couldn’t come. I’m really proud of this moment, this award.’
On an individual basis, it was an impressive night for the Blues, who had a total of five players among the 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or award and five Chelsea Women players in the 20-player shortlist for the women’s award.
Jorginho and N’Golo Kante were among five Chelsea players shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or
Chelsea Women’s striker Sam Kerr finished third in the Ballon d’Or Feminin on Monday night
Jorginho finished third overall in the men’s rankings behind Lionel Messi, who won the award for a record seventh time, and Robert Lewandowski, while N’Golo Kante finished fifth.
Azpilicueta, Mason Mount and Romelu Lukaku, meanwhile, finished joint 29th, 19th and 12th respectively.
Edouard Mendy, was runner-up to Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma in the Yashin Trophy for best goalkeeper and Sam Kerr finished third in the voting for the Ballon d’Or Feminin.
Her teammates Pernille Harder, Jessie Fleming and Fran Kirby also made the top 10, finishing in seventh, ninth and 10th on the list respectively.