by Uche Enyinna
Eden Michael Hazard is a Belgium professional footballer who plays for the English club Chelsea and the Belgium national team. He plays as an attacking midfielder, and as a wide midfielder, hazard’s creativity, speed, and technical ability are widely recognized.
The Belgium star is the eldest in his family; he has three brothers and they all play football; Thorgan Hazard, Kylan Hazard and Ethan Hazard.
Born on 7th January 1991 in La Louviere, Belgium the 1.73m tall Chelsea midfielder is married to his beautiful wife Natacha Van Honacker in 2012 in a private ceremony. The couple has three sons; Yannis, Leo and Sammy.
Eden Hazard has since earned over 90 caps and was among the Belgium squad which reached the quarter-final of the 2014 FIFA world cup and UEFA Euro 2016. He was named the Belgium captain for the 2018 FIFA world cup. Having led his nation to the semi-finals, he received the silver ball as the second best player of the tournament.
He began his football career playing for local clubs in Belgium; ROYAL STADE BRONOIS at the age of four and TUBIZE at the age of thirteen.
He joined a France first division side Lille in 2005, where he spent two years in their academy. He made his professional debut at the age of 16 in 2007 coming in as a substitute at the 78 minute of the game. He went on to become an integral part of Lille under the manager Rudi Garcia, racking up over 190 appearances and receiving individual honors like young player of the year award by the National Union of Professional Footballers (NUPF). He was the first non-French player to win the award. In 2009-2010 seasons he captured the award again making him the first player to win the award two times. He was also named among the league team of the year.
Impressively, Hazard’s football career has seen success beyond expectations both in club and country. Since signing for his current club Chelsea FC of England in 2012, hazard has bang in some individual awards ranging from PFA player of the year. He was among the PFA team of the year, for the fourth time in his Chelsea stay, he was also voted the Chelsea player of the year for the second time making him the fifth player to achieve this feat in consecutive years. One thing you can’t take away from Eden Michael Hazard is the fact that he is a disciplined player; Eden hazard in every sense of judgement has a high level of professionalism in his profession as a footballer.