Eden Hazard’s performance against England in the World Cup third-place playoff showed the world why he is tipped to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement at Real Madrid.
The 27-year-old captain had a fantastic campaign in Russia as he led his side to the semi-final, where they narrowly lost 1-0 to eventual winners France.
Valued at £108m by Transfermarkt, Hazard has been linked with a move to Los Blancos this summer after Ronaldo joined Juventus in a £105m deal and he proved in his side’s 2-0 victory over England why Madrid should splash out to bring him to the Bernabeu.
Hazard made 7 dribbles against England as he ran at Phil Jones and Harry Maguire down the sides of England’s back three and caused trouble throughout the 90 minutes, as he did to defences all tournament.
He only had two shots in the game, one of which was a convincing finish past Jordan Pickford to all but end the contest, but he also made three key passes to create chances which shows his ability to bring other players into the game.
With Hazard on one wing and Gareth Bale on the other, Madrid would be well placed for life without Zidane and Ronaldo and would retain that searing pace on the counter attack that they have used so effectively in recent seasons.
Hazard was also fouled twice during the game against England, which included a cynical drag-back by Manchester City centre-back John Stones (who received a yellow card) after the current Chelsea man had beaten him in the middle of the park.
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will surely do all he can to keep the Belgian, but with performances like this Madrid may come knocking for Hazard sooner rather than later.