Eden Hazard crowned Europa League Player of the Year

Eden Hazard comfortably won the 2018/19 Europa League Player of the Year after inspiring Chelsea to glory last season.

Hazard literally saved his best for last by scoring twice as Chelsea thrashed London rivals Arsenal 4-1 in the final itself. He also added an assist in Baku to cap off his Blues career with his second Europa League title.

It marked a solid ending for the 28-year-old, who made just four starts in the competition itself, before joining Real Madrid in a €100m deal in July.

Despite his somewhat limited involvement, UEFA awarded Hazard the Europa League Player of the Year prize. While he didn’t attend the live draw in Monaco on Friday afternoon, the Belgian did send a video broadcast.

“Thank you to everyone who voted for me and I’d like to wish everybody playing in the Europa League good luck,” said Hazard.

In a judging panel of 48 club coaches and 55 journalists, Hazard finished 221 points ahead of his former Chelsea team-mate Olivier Giroud.

The French striker, in fact, delivered superbly in Europe last term and, like Hazard, scored in May’s final. Overall, Giroud finished as the competition’s top-scorer on an impressive 11 goals in just 14 games.

Meanwhile, Hazard’s new Los Blancos colleague Luka Jovic rounded-off the top three following a breakthrough campaign.

The 21-year-old Serbian hit a stunning 10 goals in his 14 appearances to fire Eintracht Frankfurt to the semi-finals. However, dreams of Europa League ended when Chelsea knocked them out.

Nevertheless, Jovic made the name for himself and soon earned a €60m transfer to Real in July.

Top-10 Europa League Players of 2018/19

1 Eden Hazard (Chelsea, now Real Madrid) – 340 points
2 Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) – 119 points
3 Luka Jovic (Eintracht, now Real Madrid) – 94 points
4 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 65 points
5 Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – 19 points
6 N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) – 16 points
7 João Félix (Benfica, now Atlético) – 12 points
8 Willian (Chelsea) – 11 points
9= Pedro Rodríguez (Chelsea) – 9 points
9= Sébastien Haller (Eintracht, now West Ham) – 9 points

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – MAY 29: Eden Hazard of Chelsea and Olivier Giroud of Chelsea celebrate with the Europa League Trophy following there team’s victory in the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

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