Eden Hazard says French legend Zinadine Zidane is his favourite player of all time and says he is flattered to be compared to the 1998 World Cup winner.
The comments were made to Chelsea’s official website before Hazard and his teammates make the short trip to Loftus Road to play QPR, and Hazard describes Zidane, considered to be the best player in the world when he was at his peak, as his “role model”. Hazard’s national team coach Marc Wilmots recently compared the Belgian to the man known as ‘Zizou’, and it is a observation he is not alone in making as his compatriot’s skill on the ball and bursts of pace remind many of Zidane drifting past helpless opponents with apparent ease, even if Hazard admits their style of play differ slightly.
“It’s a really nice thing to hear because everyone knows Zidane was my role model; we play a different style, but if I can compare to him then it is a great honour for me.
“I watched him so much when I was younger, almost every game I could. He is my favourite player, for sure.”
Hazard has had his best season yet with Chelsea with 12 goals and 7 assists to his name so far, form that has helped Chelsea to within touching distance of winning their first league title for five years. He is a front runner for both the PFA Fooballer of the Year and Football Writers’ player of the Year awards and is expected to win at least one.