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Hazard eyes Ballon d’Or – when Ronaldo and Messi retire!

Eden Hazard is confident he can land the biggest individual prize in football playing for Premier League champions-elect Chelsea. Hazard is confident he can one day land the Ballon d’Or playing for Chelsea, but accepts he may have to wait for perennial winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to retire.

Ronaldo and Messi have combined to win the last nine but Hazard has made a strong case for consideration for the 2017 prize by playing a key role in Chelsea’s bid to land the Premier League title – a quest that will be completed with victory at West Brom on Friday.

And the 26-year-old Belgium playmaker is optimistic his chances will not be harmed by playing in the Premier League. He said: “I hope to win the Ballon d’Or one day. It’s in my mind.”

Hazard narrowly missed out on the PFA Player of the Year award to team-mate N’Golo Kante last week but the winger has been instrumental once again to Chelsea’s success.


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