Let’s read about the most stylish Chelsea player – Eden Hazard. The man who can dribble past anything or anyone. What about his career before Chelsea? How did he join the club? And is this his best season?
Also let’s also see his crazy dribbling skills which sends the Chelsea fans into a frenzy
Pre-Chelsea Hazard career
Born on 7 January 1991 in La Louviere, Belgium, both of Hazard’s parents played football at a professional level.
After a youth career which saw him play for both Royal Stade Brainois and Tubize, he made the switch to Lille back in 2005.
Two years later, during the 2007/08 season, he made a handful of substitute appearances, before the following campaign saw him really make his mark and become a first team regular, earning him international recognition and the Young Player of the Year award at only 17 years old.
The 2009/10 season saw him shine once again, ensuring he was crowned Young Player of the Year for the second successive season, while also being named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.
The 2010/11 campaign was arguably his most memorable in a Lille shirt, although it didn’t start well. Hazard was publicly criticised by Belgium coach Georges Leekens before being dropped for Lille and failing to start a game for two months.
However, after forcing his way back into the side, he played an integral role in inspiring the team to a league and cup double, while also being crowned Player of the Year.
Glowing references from the likes of Zinedine Zidane only served to enhance his stock, and it was almost inevitable that one day the biggest clubs in Europe would come calling.
During his final season at Lille, when he was a team-mate of Joe Cole, he scored 21 goals in 48 games and made 18 assists, as the club finished third behind Montpellier and Paris St-Germain to make the Champions League qualifying rounds.
He signed off in style after being handed the captain’s armband for his final game for Lille, scoring a memorable hat-trick against Nancy in a devastating first-half display. For the fourth consecutive year his performances were acknowledged at France’s annual end of season awards do, again claiming the Player of the Year gong.
Eden Hazard agreed terms to sign for Chelsea in June 2012 from French club Lille, where he had played since 2005, and he became the fourth Belgian to join the club following the arrivals of Thibaut Courtois, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne.
A double player of the year in France’s Ligue 1, and one of the most highly-coveted players in Europe at the time he joined the Blues, expectations were understandably high for Hazard’s first season in London. A nomination for the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year award, as well as a place in the Premier League Team of the Season, showed he had matched those expectations, and more.
Quick, direct and skilful, Hazard is at his best running at defenders. Equally adept with either foot, the Belgian’s close control while carrying the ball at speed gives him regular scoring and creating opportunities, as demonstrated by his 13 goals and 25 assists in the 2012/13 campaign.
His second season at the Bridge was even more successful as he finished as the club’s top scorer and won the club’s Player of the Year award, as well as the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Matters got even better in a spectacular third year which ended with five high-profile individual accolades, the Premier League title and the Capital One Cup. The 2015/16 season fared less well but the Belgian was back to his best in 2016/17, again named Chelsea Player of the Year as he inspired to team to another league title.
Hazard is well-established as one of the stars of the Premier League and he captains his national side.
Having performed superbly at the World Cup for Belgium, who reached the semi-finals, Hazard picked up where he left off for the Blues in the early part of the current campaign.
His first two appearances were both off the bench, and his impact was almost immediate on both occasions as he assisted Pedro for our third goal at Huddersfield at the end of a stunning run, before teeing up Marcos Alonso to score the winner against Arsenal.
A week later he was outstanding against Newcastle, opening the scoring from the spot in a 2-1 win, and the attacker was on target again as we beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Bridge.
His second Chelsea hat-trick arrived in September in a 4-1 win over Cardiff, and after scoring a truly stunning individual goal to knock Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup, he opened the scoring with another fine finish against the same opponents just days later. It was no surprise when Hazard picked up September’s Premier League Player of the Month award.
When Manchester City visited the Bridge in December, Hazard was deployed as a ‘false nine’ and the Belgian provided assists for both of our goals – scored by N’Golo Kante and David Luiz – in a 2-0 victory.
After scoring his 99th goal for the club away at Brighton, Hazard then became the 10th player in our history to reacch the 100-goal mark when he broke the deadlock in our Boxing Day win at Watford. Goal number 101, a penalty, also arrived at Vicarage Road and proved decisive on the night.