Eden Michael Hazard is a Belgian football player who was born on 7 January 1991 in La Louvière, Belgium.
Hazard is a winger and mainly plays in the position of attacking midfielder and left wing. He is one of the most technically sound player and known for his speed, creativity, technical and passing ability. He is often ranked as one of the best footballers in the world at the present time.
Football was in Hazard's veins as he was born in a family of footballers. His father and mother both were footballers and had played in local Belgian leagues. At the age of just 4, he joined Royal Stade Brainois and trained with this local club for 8 straight years.
During his initial training, a coach of the club praised him describing him as a “gifted” player. In 2003, he moved to Tubize, a Belgian First Division B team and stayed with the club for 2 years.
In 2005, he headed to France to join first division club, Lille. After spending two years with club's training academy, he signed his first professional contract with Lille on 28 May 2007.
He had also represented Belgium at several youth levels such as Under-15 and Under-16. Before making his senior international debut, he played 37 games at different levels scoring 11 goals.
After signing the contract, Hazard had started playing with the youth team of the club. In November 2007, he received his senior team call up for a friendly as several regular players were on international duty.
As a result, on 16 November, he played his first game coming as a substitute, however his professional debut came on 24 November, coming as a replacement in the 78th minute of the game.
On 19 November 2008, Hazard made his international debut for Belgium in a game against Luxembourg replacing Wesley Sonck in the 67th minute. On 12 August 2009, he made his first start with the squad in a friendly game against Czech Republic. However Belgium had lost the game by 1-3.
Rise to glory
Hazard was permanently promoted to the senior team of Lille for 2008-09 season. His debut goal came on 20 September against Auxerre. Netting the ball in the 88th minute, he helped his team to level the score. Later, Lille also won the match by 3-2. In February 2009, he scored his first match winning goal against Sochaux and on 22 February, provided a match winning assist against Monaco.
On 9 May 2010, he was awarded the UNFP Young Player of the Year trophy for the second season in a row. However, he missed out the Player of the year award by few inches.
On 4 June 2012, Chelsea announced Hazard's arrival in the club. He made his Champions League debut for Chelsea in the opening game of the 2012-13 season against Juventus. However, his first goal in the championship came on 6 October in a 4-1 victory against Norwich City. In October 2013, he was shortlisted for FIFA Ballon d'Or.
In 2013-14 Premier League, he was on fire, scoring goals in back to back games against clubs like Swansea, Liverpool and Hull city. On 8 February 2014, Hazard claimed his first Premier League hattrick in a 3-0 victory against Newcastle United. Eventually, he won the PFA Young Player of the Year award for his performance and also finished as the runner-up for PFA Player of the Year award.
Having him in the team, Chelsea won 2014-15 Premier League and he was awarded Chelsea's Player of the year second time in a row.
Playing 2016-17 Premier League, Hazard led Chelsea to to their 12th win in a row, achieving a new club record. On 26 December 2016, he scored his 50th Premier League goal and defeated Bournemouth by 3-0. Later he also won his 2nd Premier League title for Chelsea. In April 2017, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the fourth time.
Hazard was also named in the international squad of Belgium to play 2014 FIFA World Cup. He remained key player throughout the tournament and led his team to the quarter finals.
On 7 June 2015, he captained Belgium national team for the first time as team's regular skipper, Vincent Kompany has been suspended. He scored a decisive goal in the match and defeated France by 4-3.
He had also captained Belgium in the finals of UEFA Euro 2016 due to the absence of Kompany.
Hazard proved himself as one of the best players in the world. His records in the international as well as club football are fabulous. In 2015, he had got 8th place in the list of shortlisted players for FIFA Ballon d'Or.
Hazard has 68 Premier League goals and 45 assists in his name in 200 fixtures whereas he got 36 goals in 147 Ligue 1 games. Overall, he has scored 137 goals playing 485 fixtures in the various local and international leagues. In the international football, he has netted 21 goals featuring in the 82 games for Belgium.