Eden Hazard tends to weave magic wherever he goes, having recently cast England under his spell after first waving his wand in France. Given his professional debut by Lille at 16, he notched his maiden goal almost 12 months later and then claimed back-to-back Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year awards, before following up with two consecutive Player of the Year wins. No footballer had ever made such a scintillating start in the French elite – but, of course, Hazard is no ordinary player. A wizard with the ball at his feet, the outrageously gifted schemer was always likely to outgrow Lille, and he opted to continue his development at Chelsea aged 21.

Named man of the match in his very first outing for the Blues, Hazard set the tone for his Stamford Bridge stay there and then. Reaching the same heights he scaled in France, he has made a habit of changing games single-handedly, and while the goals and assists have flowed, so too has the praise. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho rates Hazard as the best young player on the planet, and Zinedine Zidane believes he fits the profile to slot in seamlessly at Real Madrid. Hazard himself, meanwhile, has voiced the ambition of one day winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or, having dreamt of lifting the trophy since childhood.  

His talent is likewise evident in a Belgium shirt, though the midfielder has struggled to impart the same degree of influence he generates in the club game. First capped in a friendly against Luxembourg at 17, he required three years to plunder his first international goal, eventually opening his account versus Kazakhstan. Soured relations with former coach Georges Leekens did not help, and for a while it seemed that supporters' expectations were weighing too heavily, with the youngster too anxious to do everything himself. Marc Wilmots' appointment ultimately changed the landscape, however, and Hazard has grown in both confidence and effectiveness, as demonstrated by his burst of pace and finish against FYR Macedonia in Brazil 2014 qualifying.