Hazard, chosen ‘icon’ of Belgian football for the last 125 years

Brussels, Jan 14 (EFE) .- Eden Hazard, captain of the Belgium team and Real Madrid attacker, has been chosen as an ‘icon’ of the last 125 years of football in his country, announced the Federation.

Hazard, who debuted with the Belgian senior team against Luxembourg on November 19, 2008, aged 17 years and 316 days, at the beginning of an international career that has led the ‘Red Devils’ to third place in the World Cup in Russia 2018 was the most voted by Belgian fans to win the ‘125 Years Ultimate Icon’ award.

The former Lille and Chelsea player, who has just turned 30, collected 10.6% of the votes and was ranked ahead of the former international and current Anderlecht coach, Vincent Kompany (9.4%), and Manchester City international and midfielder Kevin de Bruyne (9.1%).

In fourth place was Jan Ceulemans, a legendary Brugge player active between 1974-1992, and in fifth place was Paul Van Himst, Anderlecht international striker Paul Van Himst, a footballer between 1959 and 1977.

The ‘top-10’ are completed by Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, the late former soccer player and former coach Guy Thys, former Milan defender and coach Eric Garets, the former Bayern Munich goalkeeper between 1982 and 1988 Jean-Marie Pfaff and former soccer player and coach Raymond Goethals. EFE

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