Chelsea star Eden Hazard believes that Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric deserves to win the Ballon d’Or this year.

As reported on Eurosport UK, Hazard is also on the shortlist for the prestigious award after putting in some impressive performances during Belgium’s run to the World Cup semi-finals during the summer in Russia.

Modric won the Player of the Tournament award at the World Cup, whilst also winning the Best Men’s Player at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London earlier this year.

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The 33-year-old is in the running once again for the Ballon d’Or and Hazard thinks he should win it. He said:

There are three to four players. I could say 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. I don’t think I’m going to win it. In my opinion, Modric deserves it.

The award has been dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi since 2008, with both players winning five each in the past decade.