Hazard learnt from Messi, Ronaldo

Lille star Eden Hazard revealed that his chief form of tactical training has been to watch videos of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at work.

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The Belgian playmaker has set the French league alight with his scintillating displays winning him two consecutive Ligue 1 Player of the Year awards. He scored 20 goals in the past season for his club and is being touted as the brightest young star in world football putting him in a league alongside the likes of Neymar, Shinji Kagawa and Mario Gotze. 

He is expected to complete a £32 million transfer to Chelsea in the coming weeks after he announced on Twitter that he had chosen to join the Champions League winners. It put an end to a long-running transfer saga with both Manchester City and Manchester United involved in the pursuit of the midfielder for months at a stretch. The managers of both clubs were spotted in the past few months paying a visit to Lille's stadium in order to personally scout the precocious youngster. 

Hazard, who has drawn favourable comparisons with former France captain Jean Pierre-Papin, revealed that he had been aspiring to reach his current level for many years and he draws inspiration from the two current best players of the world. 

"I watched videos of great players. I was inspired by what they did, then I used to try things out in training," he told the Sun.

"Great players inspire you.

"I'm not scared to say I watch videos of Messi and Ronaldo, I try and inspire myself from them."

But he revealed that he also learnt a lot from Arsenal winger Gervinho. The two formed a potent combination at Lille in the 2010/11 season and he confessed that the Ivorian has taught him a great deal about becoming a better player down the wings. 

"The best player I played with was Gervi (Gervinho).

"We didn't have the same qualities, but we both tried to make the difference. He taught me some things. He makes the right runs."

The 21-year-old son of two former footballers also revealed that he had been aspiring to become a good midfielder from a very young age. And currently, he harbours the dream of wanting to become the best footballer in Europe. 

"When I was small I was the same as everyone else. I used to play in a small council estate nearby.

"But it's really my family who taught me. I started watching my dad play from the age of two. I wanted to be like him.

"The first pitch I played on, for my first club Braine-le-Comte, was only a metre from our house! I progressed very quickly. 

"Now, I want to be European Footballer of the Year. Sometimes when I lie in bed I think about it."

Hazard will feature for Belgium in Saturday's friendly against England and it will be a harbringer of things to come as fans will get to see him take on the best players from the Premier League. 

Chelsea have not made an official announcement with regards to the transfer of the talented midfielder but it is expected that major details have been agreed between the two clubs and personal terms have also been finalised with the Belgian international. 

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