Video: Chelsea's Eden Hazard was destined for greatness at just 17

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At just 17 years old, PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard was destined to turn into one of the world's best.

On Sunday evening, following the 0-0 draw with Arsenal that saw Chelsea move within six points of the Premier League title, Eden Hazard was crowned as the PFA Player of the Year, going one step further from last season’s PFA Young Player of the Year award.

It is the fifth such award that Hazard has won in the past six seasons, going back to his excellent performances that saw him lift the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double back in 2010-11 and help Lille establish themselves as one of the top teams in France before his transfer to the Blues.

Hazard has shown his quality in every level of every competition, as this goal against Spain in the 2008 Under-17 European Championships shows.


Hazard 0 - 1 - Spain U17 v Belgium U17 by samgoff

Even back then – ignoring the dodgy haircut – it was clear that he was a special player. It was after that tournament that he would break through into Claude Puel’s Lille side.

He would win the 2008-09 and 2009-10 UNFP Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award, before claiming the 2010-11 UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year as Lille were crowned champions. In 147 games for Lille, Hazard scored 36 goals – including 20 in his last season with Les Dogues.

Once at Chelsea, he settled in during his first season, then went on to be crowned Young Player of the Year and pick up Sunday’s top PFA award.

For anyone that has watched Hazard since he broke through at Lille, it’s no surprise that he has gone on to dominate in England. For the Belgian winger, the next stop is stealing the Ballon d’Or from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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