Voted France’s young player of the year in 2009 and 2010 and player of the year in 2011 and 2012, he is the first to win both accolades since World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane.
“I always liked No10, because I loved Zidane,” said Hazard. “He was my role model. I always wanted to play like him.”
Zidane told the media last year he “would sign Hazard with [his] eyes closed”, a compliment that still makes the 21-year-old beam with pride.
“[After he said that] I knew I had to keep on working,” he added.