At 28, Eden Hazard is in his primary with Chelsea. Do we adore him? Yes, we do.
What they say
“When we saw Zidane, he played like his feet were hands. Eden is like that. The round sticks to his feet. It’s roughly unfit to get it off him.”
Marc Wilmots, former Belgium coach
“You roughly wish Eden Hazard gets scour [ahead of a Man. City diversion v Chelsea]. You can have as many tactical skeleton as we want, yet if Eden starts using it’s chaos. He’s during a turn where he decides how good his group are.”
Vincent Kompany, Man. City and Belgium defender
“He is already one of a best. we wish to see him go third on a [Ballon d’Or] list one day shortly and we consider he’ll do it. we consider a lot of people, when they see Eden playing, they go: ‘Wow what a player!'”
Thorgan Hazard, Mönchengladbach and Belgium midfielder
“It’s really formidable to review him with other players. He’s a genius. He’s unique.”
Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea manager
International: 98 appearances, 27 goals
UEFA bar competition: 76 appearances, 14 goals
Domestic competition: 441 appearances, 137 goals
Claims to fame
• Brought opposite a limit to pointer girl terms during Lille in 2005 after being scouted personification for internal side Tubize, Hazard finished his entrance as a surrogate during Nancy on 24 Nov 2007, aged 16.
• The male who lured him to France, LOSC academy conduct Jean-Michel Vandamme, remembered: “When he sealed his initial contract, he told me he would be in a initial group during 16. we thought: ‘He’s crazy’, yet he did it.”
• France’s players’ kinship finished him their immature actor of a year for 2008/09 – the initial immigrant to accept a honour. He became a initial back-to-back target in 2009/10.
• Zinédine Zidane was a fan early on, observant in 2010: “Eden is clever and really quick. He will be a vital star. we would take him to Real Madrid with my eyes closed.”
• Was France’s players’ kinship actor of a year for 2010/11 as Lille landed a domestic double, and defended a honour a subsequent deteriorate – only Paris’s Pauleta had won it regularly before.
• Aged 21, he chose to join Chelsea rather than Manchester United. “For me, Chelsea has a best project,” he explained. “The group is immature and we have a improved possibility to play.”
• Was Chelsea’s 2013/14 tip scorer with 14 goals, manager José Mourinho observant he was “probably a best immature actor in a world”. He warranted a a players’ kinship immature actor of a deteriorate endowment and came second in a comparison vote.
• As Chelsea picked adult a 2014/15 championship, Mourinho upgraded him to “one of a tip 3 players in a world”; his peers voted him actor of a year. Picked adult a second pretension with a Blues in 2016/17, and a initial FA Cup final season, scoring a usually idea (a penalty) in a final opposite United.
• Likened to another La Louviere-born Belgium great, Enzo Scifo, as he came by a Red Devils girl ranks; he finished his initial comparison tour opposite Luxembourg aged 17 years and 316 days, apropos Belgium’s eighth-youngest debutant.
• Disappointed during being replaced opposite Turkey on 3 Jun 2011, Hazard left a track and was held on camera eating a hamburger outward while his team-mates were still playing.
• Helped Belgium to a 2014 FIFA World Cup (their initial in 12 years) and finished it to a final eight; afterwards – in a deficiency of a harmed Vincent Kompany – skippered a Red Devils as they stalled during a same theatre during UEFA EURO 2016. Was captain again during a 2018 World Cup, where Belgium sparkled and picked adult a bronze medal.
What we competence not know
• Hazard was innate a same day – 7 Jan 1991 – as another important athlete, South African curtain Caster Semenya.
• The Hazards are a footballing family; sports clergyman relatives Thierry (La Louvière) and Carine both played (“I was in her stomach when she was playing; she was 3 months pregnant,” Eden said), as do Eden’s younger brothers Thorgan (Gladbach), Kylian (Chelsea yet on loan during Cercle Brugge) and Ethan (Tubize youth). “We could have a good five-a-side team,” Eden joked. “My father still plays. My silent could be manager.”
• Carine competence have been a biggest change on Eden’s career. “I take after my silent as a player,” he said. “My father played during a back, cold out, ease on a ball. My silent was a striker.”
• A training representation nearby a family home helped a brothers file their skills. Eden said: “It was 5 metres away, a other side of a small fence. It meant we didn’t disaster a possess grass up.”
• Cookery helps him relax. “There is zero we like improved than going home and cooking my family a good meal,” he said. “I have a good repertoire and we can do utterly a few opposite dishes. Sometimes they work, infrequently not. Obviously we are also good famous for splash in Belgium. But I’m a footballer, we don’t splash beer.”
• Has been with his mother Natacha Van Honacker – mother of his sons Yannis, Leo and Samy – since he was 14; he frightened Chelsea fans in 2014 when he suggested she competence convince him to join Paris, saying: “If my mother was to say: ‘Honey, I’d like we to go to PSG’, we would have to take it into account.”
What he says
“I wish to be a best, yet it’s not in my head. we usually wish to suffer [myself]. If we can be, afterwards we will be a best. If not, it’s not a problem. we usually wish to play. we don’t wish to be like Messi or Ronaldo. we wish to be me.”
“The Champions League is a one thing blank from my career. When we demeanour during a story of a foe and a people that have taken part, a top, tip players have all won it. For many, it is because they have been regarded as tip players.”
“I [play] yet fear. I’ve finished that given we initial kicked a round in my behind garden as a five-year-old, either it’s been my initial game, my 100th game, or my 500th game.”
What he competence grasp yet
• Belgium’s caps record (110: Jan Vertonghen) competence be his one day (Vertonghen and second-ranked Axel Witsel are still playing, yet both are comparison than Hazard), yet he competence have pronounced goodbye to a goalscoring record, with Romelu Lukaku (still usually 25) already on 45.
• Feature in a final of a vital UEFA tournament; Chelsea won a UEFA Europa League in Hazard’s initial tenure yet he missed a final with a hamstring injury.
• Win something large with this highly-rated Belgium team. Hazard said: “My aspiration is to lead Belgium to a World Cup, to win something for a country.” They came tighten in 2018; will they come closer during UEFA EURO 2020?