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Jorginho makes good on bet to shave beard, receives Champions League surprise at Italian restaurant

The Chaaaaampioooons!

Italy Portraits - UEFA Euro 2020 Photo by Giorgio Perottino - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Like many of us, Jorginho emerged from the pandemic lockdown last year with big hair and a big beard. Unlike many of us, he decided to keep the extra hair even after things started getting back to a bit more normal — getting it trimmed a few times, but never going back to clean-shaven.

But along the way, he also made a bet with Brazilian journalist Fred Caldeira that he would allow his beard to be shaven if Chelsea won the Champions League — in return for shaving Caldeira’s 70s-style mustache.

And, well, history was made last Saturday, and afterwards, out came the clippers for some quality television.

Jorginho, who gave a very emotional interview to Caldeira as well, also took time to pay tribute to literally everyone at Chelsea after our win over Manchester City in Saturday’s final — it’s a team effort after all, and not just from those who kick the ball.

“It was an amazing season, we deserve it because we work so hard, we always believed in ourselves and didn’t give up.

“They deserve it, everyone deserves it. The staff, the medical staff, the kit man, to the people in the club office, to you, for everyone. Everyone in the club helps each other. This amazing club deserves it.”

-Jorginho; source: Star

A clean-shaven Jorginho was back in action on Friday, as Italy took on the Czech Republic in a preparatory friendly ahead of Euro 2020. He played just over an hour in Italy’s 4-0 win, with Emerson also featuring for the last 30 minutes off the bench.

Jorginho, like all his Chelsea teammates joining up with their respective national teams, surely got a nice welcome upon his arrival to Italy, but earlier this week, he also got a surprise reception at a local restaurant. West London’s Gola Restaurant served Jorginho’s meal in a giant cup while playing the Champions League anthem and giving him a round of applause. Jorginho was clearly touched, and that makes this all the more lovely viewing.

(Gola’s Instagram post is not embeddable, so here’s someone’s repost that got lots more likes.)

There’s been some speculation about Jorginho’s future, with him turning 30 later this year, ranging from leaving to signing a new contract, but given that he’s busy with the national team at the moment, it’s unlikely that we’ll get any clarity until later in the summer — though he does have two more years left on his contract, so we could also forgo any really drastic decisions.

In the meantime, let us appreciate that Jorginho helped us beat Manchester City in the Champions League final, three years after we gazumped Pep Guardiola for his signature. HA-HA!

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