Eden Hazard, born January 7, 1991, in La Louvière, Belgium, is a Belgian international footballer who plays for French club Lille in Ligue 1 and the Belgium national team.
Hazard primarily plays as an attacking midfielder and a winger. He is known for his creativity, speed, and technical ability and is described as a “fearless, explosive attacking midfielder who can change the game with a turn of pace or a dribble”.
Hazard has also earned critical acclaim for his playing style, which has led to the media, coaches, and players drawing comparisons to FIFA World Player of the Year winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
In 2005, Hazard moved to France joining first division club Lille. In his first full season as a starter, he won the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Young Player of the Year award becoming the first non-French player to win the award. In the 2009–10 season, Hazard captured the award again becoming the first player to win the award twice. In the 2010–11 season, he was a part of the Lille team that won the league and cup double and, as a result of his performances, was named the UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year becoming the youngest player to win the award.