Hazard, De Bruyne, Salah: The players with most PL MOTM awards since 2009

Eden Hazard is one of the Premier League’s greatest ever players.

The Belgian has really struggled at Real Madrid in recent years, but it should never be forgotten just how good he was at Chelsea.

Throughout his seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge, Hazard tormented defenders for fun and helped the Blues win six trophies – including two Premier League titles.

The 31-year-old won the coveted PFA Players’ Player of the Year award in 2014/15 and was named Chelsea’s Player of the Year on four separate occasions.

Hazard also secured a place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year four times.

His spell in English football after arriving from Lille in 2012 was a resounding success and that’s further highlighted by the number of Premier League Man of the Match awards he has.

Since 2009, no player to have operated in the Premier League has received the individual honour more than Hazard.

But according to the figures collected by PopFoot, it’s very close at the top…

The 20 players with the most PL MOTM awards since 2009

20. Christian Eriksen (24 in 232 games)

19. Roberto Firmino (24 in 229 games)

18. Cesc Fabregas (24 in 190 games)

17. Romelu Lukaku (26 in 273 games)

16. Philippe Coutinho (27 in 164 games)

15. David Silva (28 in 309 games)

14. Gareth Bale (28 in 142 games)

13. Luis Suarez (29 in 110 games)

12. Raheem Sterling (30 in 315 games)

11. Wayne Rooney (30 in 267 games)

10. Riyad Mahrez (31 in 250 games)

9. Alexis Sanchez (31 in 154 games)

8. Christian Benteke (34 in 277 games)

7. Sadio Mane (34 in 258 games)

6. Mohamed Salah (34 in 188 games)

5. Robin van Persie (34 in 165 games)

4. Sergio Aguero (39 in 275 games)

3. Kevin De Bruyne (44 in 205 games)

2. Harry Kane (59 in 276 games)

  1. Eden Hazard (62 in 245 games)

Hazard was named Man of the Match in 25% of his Premier League games at Chelsea, which is a seriously impressive record.

It’s only a matter of time before Kane take top spot, though. The Tottenham Hotspur striker may even do so in what’s left of the 2021/22 season.

Perhaps the most surprising name in the top 10 is Benteke, but it must be remembered that the striker was electric at Aston Villa before his ill-fated move to Liverpool.

He’s been pretty good at Palace as well to be fair to him…

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