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Thibaut Courtois leaps over Eden Hazard during crossbar challenge

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Chelsea stars Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard took part in an amusing crossbar challenge ahead of Belgium’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales on Friday night.

After hitting the target, 6ft 6in goalkeeper Courtois leapt over Hazard by using his teammate’s shoulders as leverage. Fortunately for the 23-year-old, Belgium’s head coach Marc Wilmots did not appear to be watching. (Scroll down to see the video).

Hazard and Courtois were both extremely accurate, as were their fellow compatriots Jan Vertonghen, Radja Nainggolan and Dries Mertens.

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But it was poor Christian Benteke who lost the challenge. His punishment? A few flicks around the ears from his teammates, who showed the Aston Villa striker a little bit of mercy by not using too much force.

Belgium can move a significant step closer to sealing their place in next summer’s European Championships by beating Wales in Cardiff later this week.

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Belgium in red hot form

The two sides are currently level on points in the Group B table - having taken 11 points from their first five matches - although Belgium top the group by virtue of their superior goal difference.

The Red Devils warmed up for Friday’s qualifier with an impressive 4-3 victory over France in Paris on Sunday night. Marouane Fellaini scored twice in the victory, with the other two goals coming from Nainggolan and Hazard.

Days earlier, it was announced that Belgium had moved up to second place in the FIFA World Rankings - their highest ever placing.

Only World Cup winners Germany are currently above them, with World Cup finalists Argentina in third spot.

This current group of players is arguably the most talented batch that Belgium have ever produced, with the world-class Hazard the team’s focal point.

Hazard and Courtois are both world class

The Chelsea star, who was named as the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Season in April, is now arguably the world’s third best player behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Meanwhile, there’s an argument to suggest Courtois is already the world’s best goalkeeper.

Outstanding over the past three seasons, the Chelsea shot-stopper possesses every attribute required to become one of the best keepers of all time.

Is Eden Hazard the world’s third best player? Is Thibaut Courtois already the world’s best goalkeeper? Let us know by leaving a comment in the box below!

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