Voted France‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúI always liked No10, because I loved Zidane,‚ÄĚ said Hazard. ‚ÄúHe was my role model. I always wanted to play like him.‚ÄĚ
Zidane told the media last year he ‚Äúwould sign Hazard with [his] eyes closed‚ÄĚ, a compliment that still makes the 21-year-old beam with pride.
‚Äú[After he said that] I knew I had to keep on working,‚ÄĚ he added.