Why Eden Hazard may never win the Ballon d’Or

5) Fierce Competition

The likes of Ronaldo and Messi have enjoyed supreme duopoly on football’s greatest individual honour for the last decade. With both now entering the tail end of their careers, many expect them to slow down. On the contrary, Ronaldo demonstrated his ability to perform in the big games last season, while Messi has begun this season with great firepower. Nevertheless, whenever they finally age, the successors for the trophy are well lined up. Despite Hazard’s performances, he has been outclassed by the likes of Griezmann, Dybala and Neymar in recent seasons. Top clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United are willing to break the bank for Dybala or Griezmann’s services. Hazard, on the other hand, was astoundingly not even on Barca’s shortlist to replace Neymar. 

4) Not a goalscorer

Perhaps one of the platitudes regarding Ballon D’Or is that the one with most goals scored wins the trophy. Ronaldo and Messi’s record of having scored nearly 40 goals in each campaign for the last few years has kept the bar so high, that their rivals fail to reach that level. Franck Ribery was the closest to competing with the duo; however, missed out on the trophy, with the lack of goals deterring his chances despite having won a treble with Bayern the season before. The same could potentially hamper Hazard’s chances, with the Belgian, despite being one of Chelsea’s top scorers, is not the most potent goal scorers in the Premier League, let alone the world. The likes of Neymar and Griezmann are one of the most clinical goal scorers, which already puts them ahead of Hazard in the race for the title.

3) Lack of Champions league

Another potential block in Hazard’s route to winning the Ballon D’Or could be a lack of Champions league title in his trophy cabinet. The Champions league is the grandest stage of all and is one of the stages where the worlds best regularly prove themselves, something which Hazard has failed to do yet. Moreover, with Real Madrid dominating and the likes of PSG and Barca also in the run, chances of the Champions league title ending at the Stamford Bridge are remarkably low. As such, the Belgian attacker might have to consider his options if he plans on winning the Ballon D’Or in the future.

2) Premier League

Despite being the most popular and followed league in the world, the Premier League clubs have failed to impress in Europe. In addition to it, the last Champions league title won by an English club was 5 years ago, when Chelsea defeated Bayern in Munich. Such failure has seen the league lose its top stars to Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Moreover, the Premier League has only produced two Ballon D’Or winners in its rich history. Chelsea, despite having some of the world’s best players in Drogba, Lampard in their ranks, have failed to produce a single Ballon D’Or winner. Another factor which could convince their star performer to leave the club in the future.

1) Inconsistent

Consistency has perhaps been Ronaldo and Messi’s biggest attribute. The duo have rarely enjoyed barren spells in recent years, scoring in nearly every game. Hazard, on the other hand, has had a topsy-turvy run in recent years. After leading Chelsea to the league title in 2014/15 season, the Belgian attacker was Chelsea’s worst player in the 2015/16 campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea come to an end. Hazard’s form was one of the crucial reasons behind Jose’s sacking, and fans criticised him for his performances. Last season under Conte, Hazard was a rejuvenated figure and played an imperative role in Blues’ title run. However, this season, Hazard is yet to score a goal in six games. Unless the Belgian can bring consistency to his game, it is highly unlikely that he will get his hands on the prestigious title anytime soon.