Today, March 24, Eden Hazard became only the third Belgian of all time to record 100 international caps. He also scored goal number 30 in his Belgium kit, a curling far post effort to open up the scoring. Belgium scored two goals in a particularly easy match against a poor Cyprus side.
Since making his international debut in 2008, Hazard has almost reached the pinnacle of the all-time appearances list. The only two players above him are Axel Witsel with 101 caps, and Jan Vertonghen with 110 caps. At the rate he is going, Hazard most likely has another 5 or 6 years of international appearances, which would probably put him around 150-160 caps.
Being the star player for Belgium is no easy task, but when he’s playing for his country, Hazard makes it look so simple! Playing in front of his native fans really brings a true sense of joy to the way he plays; he takes on opposition players with ease and glides past defenders.
During the 2018 World Cup, Hazard broke the record for most completed dribbles in a match with 10. Better than that, it was against Brazil! After a phenomenal run in the World Cup, despite losing to France in the semi-finals, Eden Hazard came second in the race for best player of the tournament, only topped by Croatian Luka Modric. In his last two or three major tournaments, Hazard has put on masterclass after masterclass and is currently helping Belgium pull away at the top of the Euro table. With a win above the rest of the competition, Belgium seems to be in fine condition to make the tournament in 2020.
100 caps is a great milestone to hit, but I am sure Eden Hazard is looking on to bigger and better things. Four summers from now he will be looking forward to taking home the World Cup trophy with him.