Eden Hazard has won his first major individual prize after joining Chelsea, as the 23-year-old was named as the PFA Young Player of the Year 2013–14.
The Belgian was nominated for this award as well as the PFA Player of the Year award, which was later won by Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.
Hazard has been a shining light in Chelsea’s season, as he has improved substantially from last campaign. He has created close to 100 chances in the Premier League and has also completed more take-ons than anyone else.
Hazard has constantly been talking about becoming the best player in the world. Winning this accolade could be the start of it. He will join the elite band of wingers who have won this award. They include Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
After winning the award, Hazard said:
“It’s always good to win awards because it means you’ve had a good season, but I prefer to win things collectively and I must say thank you to all my Chelsea team-mates, the staff and the fans.”
The midfielder has 17 goals in 45 appearances (all competitions) this season.
Hazard has beaten the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Aaron Ramsey and Ross Barkley for this award. Chelsea target Luke Shaw was also nominated for this award.