Eden Hazard has been chosen as Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association to claim a double after his PFA Player of the Year crown.
The Chelsea playmaker was a comfortable winner with 53 per cent of the vote from over 300 journalists, comfortably ahead of Tottenham striker Harry Kane, with his Chelsea team-mate and captain John Terry third.
Hazard has scored 19 goals across all competitions for Chelsea this season and has led Jose Mourinho’s side to a first Barclays Premier League title in five years as well as the Capital One Cup.
Hazard succeeds former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez as the winner of the prestigious accolade and he will recieve his prize at a dinner held at London’s Landmark Hotel on May 21.
FWA chairman Andy Dunn said: ‘The list of truly world-class players on the Football Writers’ Association roll of honour is a long one and Eden Hazard is a worthy addition.
‘A creator, a goalscorer and the hardest of workers, Hazard has been a constant source of threat for the Barclays Premier League champions.
‘But it is not just his trickery, his pace, his artistry and his marksmanship that make Hazard such an invaluable component of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea squad, it is his durability.’
As well as Hazard and Terry, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, defender Branislav Ivanovic and keeper Thibaut Courtois also featured in the FWA’s top 10.
The other players to receive votes were Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal, Manchester United keeper David de Gea, Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and Leicester’s Esteban Cambiasso.
Dunn added: ‘Hazard has started all 36 Premier League matches and, considering the particularly close attention he receives from opponents, that is a feat in itself.
‘But, of course, it is his electrifying, attacking talent that has made Eden the first Belgian to win the Footballer of the Year award.
‘He is a brilliant successor to Luis Suarez and we just hope he stays in the Premier League for a lot longer than Luis did after collecting the trophy.’