Eden Hazard beats Kevin De Bruyne to prestigious Belgian award

Chelsea star claims first individual trophy in Belgium marginally outdoing his Manchester City rival

Eden Hazard has won the ‘Best Belgian Player in a foreign league’ award for his performances in 2017.

The 27-year-old winger beat Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne by just 11 votes, with Dries Mertens of Napoli coming in third place.

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Eden Hazard beat Kevin De Bruyne to the best Belgian player abroad award

Eden Hazard has been named the ‘best Belgian footballer abroad’ in 2017

Hazard had a tremendous year, scoring 16 league goals helping Chelsea to the Premier League title – narrowly losing out to team-mate N’Golo Kante in the PFA Player of the Year reckoning.

Since the start of the 17/18 season it’s clear De Bruyne has been superior, acting as the heartbeat of Manchester City’s record-breaking team.

De Bruyne’s seven goals and eleven assists were instrumental in leading City to their record-breaking 18 consecutive wins before a defeat to Liverpool last month.

Despite Chelsea’s poor run of form, Hazard has been the shining light in the Blues side scoring nine league goals this season.

Hazard and De Bruyne battle for the ball during Belgium training last summer

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KDB lost out by just 11 votes to his compatriot

The two rivals will have to come together this summer when Roberto Martinez’s side appear in Russia for the World Cup.

Belgium have been drawn into Group G along with England, Tunisia and Panama – who have qualified for the World Cup for the first time in their history.

Napoli’s Dries Mertens also came close with 28 league goals in 16-17

Despite their exciting array of attacking talent, Belgium have struggled to make an impact at past tournaments.

They lost out to Wales in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 even though their team on paper was far superior.


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