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Eden Hazard came to Chelsea as a 21-year-old from Lille in 2012, and he joined the Blues as a young and fragile forward. But the Belgian has changed his game over the years and has matured his game during his seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard isn’t only skillful on the ball, but he has a good ball retention strategy. Hazard has a good body balance and has a style of using his body to shield the ball from defenders, making him very hard to tackle.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has revealed that Hazard’s secret weapon is his bum, which he uses as his advantage.
“He is so short he uses his arse to get out of one-to-one situations that other players cannot. It is his centre of gravity,” Martinez told reporters.
“He’s got bags of quality and a great eye for football; and that allows him to always take the best decisions up front.
“Another thing he has is that he’s not affected by emotions, not even what people say about him. He is very calm and quiet.”
Hazard is set to feature for Real Madrid next season, and Martinez believes that the 28-year-old is up to the challenge, revealing that he has matured as a player and rates him as one of the best players in the world.
“He has evolved a lot, but his biggest progression is in terms of personality,” he added.
“Belgian football has given him a huge responsibility, and he has reacted great to it.
“Eden was the star, the captain of the team that finished third in the World Cup – and now we know he is ready to lead any project.
“There are a lot of famous names around, but you have to look into the essence of the footballer, how he influences his team.
“He is a gem because he has bags of quality and plays within the structure of the team. He is at the same level as Neymar or Mbappe.”