Eden Hazard believes he is capable of breaking Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s dominance by winning the Ballon d’Or – but insists he doesn’t need to leave Chelsea to do so.
The pair have commanded the award for the previous nine years, with Ronaldo the last player to win it outside of La Liga in 2008 during his time with Manchester United.
Hazard, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer, feels he would not have to move to Spain to be in with a chance of winning the famous prize.
The 26-year-old believes that he can be crowned the winner in 2018 if he enjoys a unique cup double for both club and country.
Hazard, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “It’s in my mind. If I don’t, it won’t be a problem. I try to make a good career – the best I can – but I think some other players deserve to win it also.
“When Ronaldo and Messi retire, maybe it will be another couple of players like Neymar, Paulo Dybala or Antoine Griezmann, who knows? We will see. It’s not something I think too much about.
“Could I win it? If I play next season, we win the Champions League and I win the World Cup with Belgium, why not?
“In the last 10 years, the Ballon d’Or winners play in Spain, but it’s not automatic. If a player is better in England, he will win it.”