Over the past two decades, we have seen several top-notch players from Brazil dominating and taking control of many top football leagues. Now, the time appears to have come for Belgians to prove themselves that they are worthy of playing on the big stage.
The Premier League is now filled with Belgian players playing at some of the top clubs such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton and many more.
The following is a list of five of the best Belgian footballers who have left their footprints at the top level of Premier League football...
1. Vincent Kompany
Belgium's star defender captained Premier League winners Manchester City towards the title for the first time in 44 years in 2012. He is at the heart of City’s inspiring defence and arguably one of the best centre-backs in football.
When he finally calls it a day, it will be a huge blow for football and his performances will inspire a new generation of players.
2. Thomas Vermaelen
The 28-year-old Arsenal defender was made vice-captain following Cesc Fabregas’s departure to Barcelona and is currently the captain of the Gunners. Vermaelen is considered as one of the best Belgian defenders of his generation.
His aerial ability is outstanding and he is very swift on the ball, not giving strikers a moment's peace. Vermaelen is evidently regarded by Arsene Wenger as a defensive rock who nets crucial goals and makes fine clearances for Arsenal.
3. Eden Hazard
The Chelsea attacking midfielder is very quick on the ball, giving defenders nightmares with his incredible crosses, through balls and shots. Hazard has drawn comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
His height is a advantage for him as he can ooze past defenders due to his low centre of gravity. He is a spectacular player who provides his team with plenty of chances. Hazard became the first non-French player to win the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year Award and afterwards he became an instant sensation at Lille.
4. Marouane Fellaini
Everton signed midfielder Fellaini during the summer of 2008. The afro-haired midfielder was a favourite among the Everton fans with supporters affectionately imitating the footballer with their own set of wigs.
He is known for his steady ball control, spectacular assists and shooting power. His performances for Manchester United have been very encouraging, also.
5. Romelu Lukaku
The Belgian striker is on loan at Everton from Premier League rivals Chelsea. Before joining the Blues, he played for Anderlecht - with whom he won the Belgian title. He has 24 caps for his national side, netting five goals.
The striker has the talent to be a regular starter for his team and the coming season could be the ideal time for the youngster to make his chances count. The 20-year-old is a player with a great future and his experience at Chelsea could pave the way for more clubs to come after him.
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