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Eden Hazard and Joe Cole during their time at Lille

Joe Cole was a fan favourite at Chelsea, and the 37-year-old has recently announced his retirement from the game after a successful period as a footballer.

Cole scored 10 goals in 54 appearances for the England national team, and the West Ham academy graduate who joined Chelsea in 2003, where he spent seven trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles.

The former Chelsea star played alongside a number of great players, and while he has hailed the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Arjen Robben, the 37-year-old who played alongside Eden Hazard at Lille has revealed that if he has to pick the best, he’d go for Hazard.

Asked to name the best player he shared a dressing room with, Cole told Sky Sports: “You look at all the English boys – Gerrard, Frank [Lampard], JT [John Terry], Rooney, Rio [Ferdinand].

“Also the foreign players like [Arjen] Robben and Hazard… I could go on forever. You realise you’re playing with geniuses.

“If my life depended on it I would pick Hazard [as the best]. He was 19 when I played with him in France and even then he was just so talented.

“He had everything. He’s just a great player. I think he’ll go on to win the Ballon d’Or, I really think he’s that good.”

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