Luka Modric, Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo are in the running for the best FIFA Men’s Player award.
Modric had a standout season winning the Champions League with Real Madrid and captained Croatia to the World Cup final. Salah was outstanding for Liverpool as he bagged in 40 goals and was the star man for Liverpool as he helped them reach the Champions League. Ronaldo also had a great season as he led Real Madrid to the Champions League.
Eden Hazard who is in the running to be named in the Fifpro World XI has revealed that he voted for Modric to win the award.
Asked who he wants to win, Hazard revealed: “I voted for Luka Modric, but Mo Salah is my friend so I would like him to win.”
The nominees are voted for by national team coaches (25%), national team captains (25%), select media representatives (25%) and an online vote (25%).
Lionel Messi failed to make the nomination after a season that wasn’t really the Argentine’s best in the past decade.
Hazard has been having an outstanding season and has scored five goals in six games for the Blues. The Belgian is in the kind of form that can make him contend for the world best award.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, and even rates him higher than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
“I think Hazard is the best player in the Premier League,” he said.
“What I mean by that is, De Bruyne and Salah were the best players last season.
“I’m talking over a four or five-year period if I think ‘who’s the man?’.
“I do, I think he’s fantastic.
“I think he was the best player at the World Cup.
“I should say that, I think he should have won player of the tournament.
“But he’s been used really well by the manager.
“The great thing that I love and say about every top attacking player is they can’t be bullied, they can’t be knocked off the ball.
“Me as a defender thinks ‘can I get at him? Can I wind him up? Can I do this? Can I do that?’.
“No, he’s too strong.”