Ballon d’or 2018: Eden Hazard believes Luka Modric and Kylian Mbappe deserve to win prestigious award before h

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The Chelsea forward is as humble as ever, despite being on the shortlist to be named the best footballer in the world

Eden Hazard believes Luka Modric and Kylian Mbappe deserve to win the Ballon d’Or more than he does, despite a terrific year for club and country.

The Chelsea forward earned a place on the illustrious list after a spectacular 2018 where he added goals, assists and consistency to his game.

Neither Messi or Ronaldo are expected to win the Ballon d’Or for the first time in a decade

Neither Messi or Ronaldo are expected to win the Ballon d’Or for the first time in a decade

As captain of Belgium, the diminutive forward led his country to the World Cup semi-finals and also helped bring the FA Cup back to Stamford Bridge.

However, the 27-year-old does not feel as though he is worthy of being called the best player in the world, naming two players who deserve the accolade more than he does.

He even went as far as tipping one of the two to pick up the illustrious award at the glitzy ceremony in Paris next month.

Hazard told RTFB:  “Even though I had a very good year, I have to keep my feet on the ground.

Modric poses with the World Cup Golden Ball, while Mbappe won recognition as the Best Young Player in Russia

Modric poses with the World Cup Golden Ball, while Mbappe won recognition as the Best Young Player in Russia

“I do not deserve the Ballon d’Or. I think there are players who have been better than me.

“Winning the Ballon d’Or is not a goal for me. If I win it one day, great. If I do not, it won’t be a problem.

“I would have said Luka Modric, but he has played a little less well since August and September.

“So, if we take into account the beginning of the season, I would say Kylian Mbappe.”

Hazard has already won the Premier League Player of the Month of the award, but wants to keep his feet on the ground

Hazard has already won the Premier League Player of the Month of the award, but wants to keep his feet on the ground

Modric and Mbappe are the clear favourites to scoop the prize, ahead of Real Madrid‘s World Cup winning defender Raphael Varane and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.

Despite winning the Champions League with Real and earning a lucrative move to Juventus, five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo is finally expected to relinquish his grasp on the prestigious award.