10 Best Midfielders At World Cup 2018

5. Eden Hazard (Belgium)

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Captain of Belgium, Chelsea's Eden Hazard sometimes plays as more of a forward than a midfielder, but his preferred position is in the central playmaker role. The 2014-15 PFA Players' Player of the Year has proven to be one of the most exciting and explosive talents to feature in the Premier League in recent years, consistently featuring near the top of the stats tables for assists, goals, dribbles, and chances created for his teammates.

This season alone, the 27-year-old was a bright spark in a relatively dull season for Chelsea, scoring 17 goals in all competitions and offering 7 assists to his teammates. His dribbling skills have earned comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo and his clever finishing has seen him compared to Lionel Messi, but Hazard has his own style of play and will be hoping to take his club form into the World Cup.

Alongside fellow midfielder mastermind Kevin De Bruyne, the sky's the limit for Hazard this summer. He's played 82 times for Belgium so far, scoring 21 goals and etching his name into history as one of the greatest players to ever pull on the national team shirt. He'll become even more of a legend if he can lead his nation to glory.


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