Why Eden Hazard can challenge for the Ballon d’OR at Real Madrid

Having Sealed a dream move to Real Madrid, Eden Hazard will now ply his trade in the Spanish capital. Chelsea were initially reluctant to sell their star man, Madrid were forced to pay slightly over their valuation, the deal is expected to rise to nearly £130m with add ons.

With the deal has been concluded though and after seven successful years in England, the Belgian will now test his talents in a different league. During his time in England, Hazard proved himself to be one of the finest footballers in the game at present, frequently putting in top class performances for the Blues. After stepping up a level and joining a side who have been victorious in the Champions League three times in the past four seasons, Hazard will now be looking to challenge for the Ballon d’OR.

Although, playing in the Premier League for a club as big as Chelsea is a chance to broadcast your ability as a footballer, there comes a time in a player’s career when you must seek new challenges.

Coming of the back of a poor season last year, Madrid are looking to push on and move forward as a club. Zinedine Zidane has already secured the services of various players, including prolific striker, Luka Jović and Brazilian defender Eder Militão from Porto.

The same can’t be said for Chelsea who are facing the possibility of a lengthy transfer ban, whilst they also look set to lose their manager Maurizio Sarri imminently. As has been shown by the performances from Cristiano Ronaldo in the past, Real Madrid can provide a great platform to become one of the best players in the world. The main reason being their constant participation in the Champions League. As things currently stand in England, there are no guarantees for any club that they will secure a place in the finest club competition, essentially there are six top sides vying for just four spots.

During his time at Chelsea, Hazard showed his outstanding capabilities with a ball at his feet. He is a player who possesses amazing ability dribbling with the ball and he can without doubt cause some of the world’s finest defenders problems. Not only that be his finishing has been shown to be deadly. However, his finest asset must surely be his ability to find his teammates and created goalscoring opportunities, he finished last season as the top playmaker in the league notching 16 assists.

Overall, Hazard’s Premier League status has to be among one of the best to play in the division. In addition to 139 goal contributions in 245 games, he also managed to secure the award of PFA Player of The Year in 2014/15. He was involved in league goals as the Blues finished the season Champions, the first in his time at the club. He won the league again in 2016/17.

Hazard moves to Spain on good terms having helped secure a Europa League title in his final game for the club against bitter rivals Arsenal. He scored twice in a one side second side have as Chelsea routed Unai Emery’s side.

A great loss for the Premier League but it will certainly be interesting to see how he fairs on his new adventure.

(Image via talkSPORT)

James Miller

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