Chelsea winger Eden Hazard will be best player in the world in 2020 – poll results

Readers of the popular sports site The Independent voted the Belgian ahead of the likes of Paul Pogba and Lionel Messi

Eden Hazard put pen to paper on a new five-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea earlier this week and to improve his week a little more readers of The Independent believe he will be the best player on the planet by 2020.

Announcing the new deal for the Belgian winger Jose Mourinho said he can become “the best player in the world” during his time at Stamford Bridge.

And it seems readers of The Independent agree with the Special One.

Following Mourinho’s assertion we opened a poll asking who you thought would be the best player on the planet in five years time.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be picking up his pension at Manchester United by 2020 and the landscape will have shifted dramatically – but already there are clues as to who might be the one picking up the Ballon d’Or a couple of years out from a World Cup in Qatar.

Hazard was the comfortable winner of the poll, with 36 per cent voting in favour of the Chelsea player.

Paul Pogba, currently at Juventus, was a solid second with 15 per cent. He edged out Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling who picked up 12 per cent. It also seems some of you think Lionel Messi will still be challenging for the Ballon d’Or at the ripe old age of 32 – the Argentina international collected eight per cent of the vote.

Harry Kane and Gareth Bale came next with five per cent each.

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