Euro 2016: Eden Hazard
Form is temporary but class is permanent!
Chelsea's Eden Hazard put on a dazzling display at Euro 2016 as Belgium crushed Hungary 4-0 to march on to the quarter-finals. Belgium will now play Wales. Belgium were the stronger team despite a brave performance from Hungary, who probably deserved a goal or two for the part they played in an entertaining match. Belgium dominated the first-half and it was no surprise when Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne crossed for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld to head home the opener. It was a surprise, however, that it took until the 78th minute for Belgium to get their second. It was Hazard down the left who put the ball on a plate for the substitute, Batshuayi, who scored easily. Hazard then scored himself with a wonderful solo goal. He went past two defenders before hitting a low shot from outside the box that beat the goalkeeper. Carrasco completed the scoring in injury time with another assist from De Bruyne. Belgium and Hazard have finally found their best form. Can they go all the way to the final?
"It was a great game. We really deserved the victory. We could have scored more, but the keeper made some great stops. Not that we'll sulk about that!" Eden Hazard.
What have been Hazard's best Premier League moments?
Belgium players run after Hazard after his goal against Hungary.
Chelsea's Eden Hazard has been one of the best players in the Premier League in recent seasons. Here are some of his personal highlights:
- 4th June 2012: Hazard signs for Chelsea from Lille. The transfer fee was reported to be £32 million.
- 15th May 2013: Chelsea win the Europa League but Hazard misses the final due to injury.
- October 2013: Nominated for the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or Award.
- 8th February 2014: Scores his first Premier League hat-trick.
- 27th April 2014: Named PFA Young Player of the Year.
- 26th April 2015: Named PFA Player of the Year.
- 2nd May 2015: Scores the goal to give Chelsea their first Premier League title since 2010.
- 2nd May 2016: Scores the equaliser against Tottenham which gives Leicester City their first-ever Premier League title.
What do we know about Eden Hazard?
Hazard lost form last season but he's back to his best for Belgium.
Eden Hazard was born on 7 January 1991 in La Louvière, which is a small town in Belgium. It's not a huge surprise that Hazard became a footballer, both of his parents were footballers. Eden's father, Thierry, played in the Belgian second division and his mother, Carine, played in the top division of women's football in Belgium. Eden is the oldest of four brothers and all three of his brothers are footballers, one of them, Thorgan, also played for Chelsea but he now plays for Borussia Monchengaldbach in Germany. Hazard moved to France in 2005, when he was only 14, to sign for Lille, which means he has never played professional football in Belgium. After a few seasons in Lille's youth teams, Hazard joined the first team and was really successful. In 2008/09 and 2009/10, Hazard was named Young Player of the Year. He was the first player from outside of France to win this award. In 2010/11, things got even better for Hazard, when he was named French Player of the Year and helped Lille to win a league and cup double. It was the first time Lille had won either the cup or league since the 1950s. After being named French Player of the Year for the second time in 2011/12, Hazard made a multi-million pound move to Chelsea.
"We could have a great five-a-side team, my dad still plays and my mum could be manager!" Eden Hazard