Why he's ranked: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho promoted the talents of this mercurial midfield operator with increasing gusto as the Premier League season edged toward a conclusion and with good reason. Voted the Young Player of the Year in England, 23-year-old Hazard offered goals, assists and flashes of brilliance all season. Belgium will be hoping for more of the same from him this summer.
Key stat: Tied for the EPL lead in chances created this season (92) while ranking in the top 15 in both goals (14) and assists (7).
What the experts say: "Belgium have a number of talented attackers, but there's little doubt Eden Hazard is the star. Capable of assisting and scoring, passing and dribbling, Eden does everything with tremendous speed and manages to combine trickery with efficiency too. Marc Wilmots has plenty of options going forward, but Hazard is assured of his place on the left flank." -- Michael Cox
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- Sam Knight, Grantland: The rise of the Red Devils
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