Eden Hazard admits Real Madrid star Luka Modric should win the Ballon d’Or this year for having a ‘wonderful season’.
Modric captained Croatia to the World Cup final in Russia while the 33-year-old also helped Los Blancos win the Champions League for the third consecutive year.
Hazard is among the nominees but the Chelsea star believes Modric deserves to win the prestigious prize ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
“I don’t think I’m going to win it. In my opinion, Modric deserves it,” he said. “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.”
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The international break may be under way, but the Sport360 team is keeping an eye on all the updates from the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.
9pm – Giggs calms fretting Madrid fans
Ryan Giggs has calmed Real Madrid’s worries about Gareth Bale, despite ruling the Wales forward out of the friendly with Spain on Thursday.
6:40pm – Hazard has his say
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard appeared to dismiss the possibility of a January move to Real Madrid on Thursday.
11:30am – Benzema hits back at France federation president
Karim Benzema has responded to an interview by Noel Le Graet, the president of France’s football association, in which he said the Madrid striker’s international career was “finished”. In a tweet, Benzema told Le Graet, “I ask you to forget about me”.
10am – Madrid monitoring Raheem Sterling contract situation
Raheem Sterling has yet to agree a new contract with Manchester City, and he will be entering the final year of his current deal next summer. According to reports, Los Blancos are monitoring the young Englishman, who has previously said he’d be open to a move abroad.
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Spain head coach Luis Enrique has admitted he’s prepared for Thursday night’s friendly against Wales as if Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale was playing.
Bale, 29, is out with a minor groin injury incurred during the weekend’s La Liga loss at Alaves.
Enrique regularly faced Bale when he was in charge at bitter rivals Barcelona from 2014-17.
Watch what he had to say about the Welsh wonder below: