Eden Hazard’s form in the first games of the 2018-19 season have been nothing short of scintillating and have continued his strong form from the World Cup, where he lead Belgium to their highest finish ever by beating England in the third-place match.
Those sorts of performances are exactly what Ballon d’Or voters look at, but while Hazard was once again nominated for the 2018 award, just as he has been every year since joining Chelsea, he’s pretty sure that this year the award is going to the same person who was named UEFA Player of the Year and The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year, Luka Modrić.
“I don’t think I’m going to win [the Ballon d’Or]. In my opinion, Modric deserves it.”
“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.”
-Eden Hazard; source: FourFourTwo
If Modrić wins it, it will be the first time in over a decade that somebody other than Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo will have been named the best player in the world. And if Hazard keeps up his current form, next year it might just be his name that’s up in lights.