When the young Belgian first came to prominence at Lille, he was tagged as the newest wonder-kid stepping on to the world football stage.
How he would handle the overwhelming pressure that has brought many down was still to be known but after playing 4 years at the top level, it is safe to say that Eden Hazard wasn't just a one hit wonder.
Hazard enjoyed quite a fruitful youth career at Lille where he joined at the tender age of 14. Lille clearly saw the potential in the youngster very early on. Having shown what he could do in the youth ranks to a rather high degree of success, Hazard was called up to the first team while still only 16; something out of the ordinary for a boy of his age.
He caught the eye of many top European teams in the 2011/2012 campaign, as Hazard finished with a career high 20 goals and 15 assists; an outstanding accomplishment considering he was playing in midfield for the French club.
The papers in the summer of 2012 consisted of headlines about prospective clubs looking to sign the skilful winger and Chelsea finally secured his signature for a mammoth £32 million in June; a risky yet astonishing signing from Roberto di Matteo - the Chelsea manager at the time.
Could Hazard make it big in arguably the best league in the world? Would he able to cope with the tougher and more physical style of play? These and many more questions were posed by critics of the Belgian, the answers to which could only come from watching him perform on such a large stage.
Midway through his first season at the West London club, it was clear that Di Matteo's ambition had paid off. Hazard had begun to set the Premier League alight with his pace and skill and the potential for him to transform into one of the world's best was beginning to show.
Hazard finished with 13 goals and 24 assists in his first season at the Blues in a total of 62 games; not bad for a new signing playing in a tough league.
Currently in his second season at Chelsea, he has been in scintillating form, improving significantly on the qualities he showed in his debut season at the club. Hazard, a player whose repertoire includes everything important in an attacker has also shown a keen eye for goal this season having already bagged more goals this season than he did last season in 25 less games.
So, What does Eden Hazard have that can lead him to winning the most prestigious individual award in all of football? Ambition, time and the skill set that can define a great footballer from your average one.
Ambition to win and succeed are the main factors that can motivate you to give it your all; factors which Hazard possesses on the pitch. Mental maturity aside, The Chelsea winger has most of the qualities required to make it big on the world football scene and compete for the top prize.
Given the fact that he is still 23, Eden Hazard has plenty of time to develop the weaker parts of his skill set and with experience comes maturity; a key quality he will need to know if he is to become one of the best. From now on however, things can only go up for the youngster and what will become of him a few years down the line is still a mystery to us all.
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