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Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer is the Premier League's all-time top scorer with 260 goals and a leading TV pundit from the BBC's flagship football programme Match of the Day. Euro '96 Golden Boot winner Alan will be sharing his thoughts on all things football every week throughout the 2016/17 season.

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Shearer says: My vote would go to Luka Modric for the 2018 Ballon d’Or

Coral ambassador discusses Luka Modric’s great year and Eden Hazards’ superb start to the season

The shortlist for the Ballon d’Or was announced earlier this week and if I were to have a vote on the winner, it would go to Luka Modric.

He was the best player at the World Cup and he has had a fantastic year for Real Madrid. For the last 10 years Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated this award but it had to change eventually. I don’t think any sensible person can say Modric doesn’t deserve it.

Another player who has had a great year so far is Eden Hazard. When he is at it like this, he is an incredible player.

There have been times where has not been at it though. The season after they won the league with Antonio Conte, he was not performing. He also had that quiet season when Jose Mourinho got sacked at Chelsea.

Hazard has been exceptional every week so far this season

I thought he had a great World Cup for Belgium. He is currently top of the goal charts in the Premier League and he is one of the reasons why Chelsea have made a strong start to their campaign. I think they are really reliant on him. He has been a threat for them every single week so far.

Chelsea fans will be hoping Real Madrid don’t want him because if they do come calling, not many turn them down. I don’t think Chelsea fans could criticise or blame him if he did move there.

Look what is happening at Real Madrid at the moment. Their fans are not happy that Cristiano Ronaldo was allowed to go to Juventus and their form has not been great so they will be looking for a big name signing to appease their supporters.