Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric deserves to win the Ballon d'Or according to Chelsea and Belgium forward Eden Hazard, according to reports in Eurosport.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard has picked his favourite player for the Balon d’Or award,
Hazard singled out Croatia World Cup Luka Modric as the player that merit the award.
Modric, 33, remains the favourite to break the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly after a season in which he won the Champions League with Real Madrid and has a good World Cup outing in Russia losing the finals to France.
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He was voted the tournament’s best player after a scintillating display for The Blazers.
Hazard’s performance at the World Cup was also great he scored seven goals and provided three assists in eight games but he is of the view that the Real Madrid star deserves the award.
"I don't think I'm going to win it. In my opinion, Modric deserves it," he told a press conference.
" There are three to four players. I could say [Madrid and France defender Raphael] Varane because he won a lot too. I could deserve it too, let's not lie."
"But seriously, I think that Modric will win it. It is going to be a reward for his wonderful season in the Champions League and the final of the World Cup.”
Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the award since 2008 with five awards between them.
The award merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year prize from 2010-15 to create the FIFA Ballon d'Or but returned to France Football magazine in 2016 while FIFA established The Best awards.