Chelsea, Manchester City stars named in world top 10

Eden Hazard and Yaya Toure have been named as two of the best 10 playmakers in world football, and Manchester United missed out on signing the winner.

Hazard has enjoyed a wonderful time since signing for Chelsea in 2012, whilst Toure has proven himself as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League during his time with Manchester City.

Both men are vital to the success that their respective clubs have enjoyed, although Toure is starting to show signs of his age - being 31-years-old - whereas Belgian international Hazard has yet to even reach his peak - being just 24-years-old.

Regardless, both impressed in the year of 2014, and the duo have been named in the top 10 playmakers in world football by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. The IFFHS compiles the list from voters across various countries, and Toure finished fifth on the list with 29 points, whilst Hazard came in at ninth place - with 18 points to his name.

Former Manchester United target Toni Kroos won the award, with his impressive World Cup awarding him 110 points, leaving him two clear of Lionel Messi in second. It caps an exceptional year for the 25-year-old German, who won the German double and a move to Real Madrid, as well as impressing on the World Stage. It leaves Man United fans annoyed at the prospect they had of signing him, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Red Devils had a deal to sign the midfielder agreed, before Louis van Gaal arrived at Old Trafford and rejected the agreement.

Although Toure and Hazard finished some way off Kroos’s points total, Chelsea and City fans will be pleased that two of their key men have been recognised for their successful years in the Premier League. Toure’s finish makes him the best African playmaker in the world, and, although he has yet to scale the heights of last season this term, he is sure to play a vital role as City attempt to catch up with Chelsea in the race for the title.

For Hazard, if he keeps performing as he has been, the Premier League title may just be too far away for City now, and the young Belgian will finally claim the league championship that has eluded him since his arrival in West London.

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