Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been voted the 2015 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.
The Belgium international topped the poll of 300-plus journalists with 53% of the vote, ahead of Tottenham striker Harry Kane, with his Chelsea team-mate and captain John Terry third.
The 24-year-old playmaker has scored 20 goals in all competitions so far this season and created many more as Jose Mourinho’s side secured a first Barclays Premier League title since 2009/2010.
Hazard will be honoured with the prestigious FWA accolade, which has been running since 1948, at a gala dinner in London 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.”
As well as Hazard and Terry, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, defender Branislav Ivanovic and Thibaut Courtois also featured in the FWA’s top 10.
Other players to receive votes were Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and Leicester’s Esteban Cambiasso.
Former Lille midfielder Hazard was last week also named Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers’ Association.
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