Eden Hazard: What I must do with Chelsea to win Ballon d’Or

The Chelsea forward discusses the possibility of winning the Ballon d'Or at some point in his Blues career

Chelsea star Eden Hazard Photo: The Sport Review

Eden Hazard believes he needs to lift the Champions League with Chelsea and fire Belgium to the World Cup to win the Ballon d’Or.

The 26-year-old forward has been a key player under Antonio Conte in the 2016-17 season after the Italian took over the reins from interim manager Guus Hiddink last summer.

Hazard has rekindled his best Premier League form after a stunning return of 15 goals and five assists in 35 games in the current campaign.

The Belgian forward was one of the contenders to win the PFA player of the year award for the second time but missed out to Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kante.

Hazard has established himself as one of the most-exciting talents in Europe, although the former Lille forward hasn’t won the Champions League.

Speaking to Sky Sports about winning the Ballon d’Or at some point in his Chelsea career, Hazard explained what needs to happen to be crowned Europe’s best player.

“I hope to win the Ballon d’Or one day,” Hazard said. “It’s in my mind. If I don’t, it won’t be a problem.

“I try to make a good career – the best I can – but I think some other players deserve to win it also.

“When Ronaldo and Messi retire, maybe it will be another couple of players like Neymar, Paulo Dybala or Antoine Griezmann, who knows? We will see. It’s not something I think too much about.

“Could I win it? If I play next season, we win the Champions League and I win the World Cup with Belgium, why not?

“In the last 10 years, the Ballon d’Or winners play in Spain, but it’s not automatic. If a player is better in England, he will win it.”

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