If Lionel Messi is the best dribbler in the world then Eden Hazard must be a close second.
For years Chelsea fans have enjoyed watching Hazard’s hips sashay past dumbfounded defenders as he dances towards goal.
Against West Ham tonight the silky Belgian treated Stamford Bridge to an absolute masterclass in close control at breakneck speed.
This may be one of the greatest goals he’s ever scored.
Let’s start at the very beginning of the collector’s item.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek made one of the easiest assists of his life when he rolled the ball to Hazard in the middle of the park with nothing on.
A cheeky chop later and suddenly Chelsea’s no.10 was running straight towards the gap between Declan Rice and Mark Noble.
He slid past both of them before honing in on the centre-backs, a burst of acceleration, sweeping the ball from left to right he suddenly slipped past the final line of defenders and was through on goal.
As calm as you like he poked the ball past Lukasz Fabianski, thus rounding off a brilliant solo goal.
How had he managed to go from a standing start 40 yards out and run almost in a straight line to West Ham’s goal before cooly slotting home?
We are not exaclty sure but it was a sight to behold.
Watching Hazard burst directly through the centre of the West Ham wall, firstly through the midfield two then the two centre-backs was mesmerising.
The ball never strayed more than a yard from his feet and slipped out of the Angela Ogbonna-Fabian Balbuena straightjacket on the edge of the box it looked like the ball was magnetically attached to his right boot.
There aren’t many other players in the world that can move like this with the ball.
Make sure you treasure him next season Real Madrid.
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