The only player who impressed Hazard in his entire career

In Obi Mikel's show, the Belgian looks back on his career and talks in particular about the soccer player who really impressed him.

Eden Hazard played seven years in Chelsea, four years in Real Madrid and his entire career in one of the best national teams in Belgian history. He shared the dressing room with talented players, Ballon d'Or winners, strikers and midfielders who saw football in a different way. However, as he himself admits, there is only one player who made the Belgian say “wow” during a football match.

“At Real Madrid I played with the best in the world: Modric, Benzema… De Bruyne (Chelsea). They are at the top. Lampard, Juan Mata…” Eden said in a podcast with his former teammate John Obi Mikel , “But I'll give you a name you know, Obi. The only footballer who made me say 'wow' is GaĆ«l Kakuta. If you're talking about talent, Kakuta is number one by far. I'm talking about pure talent,” he said.

“He wasn't normal.”

“I played for Lille and he played for Lens as a youth, which is a derby in the north of France. We used to win every game five or six to zero, I was the best and every time we played against him we lost. He is the best. He wasn't normal. It's easy to say now, but I think he left too soon. He wasn't just 16 when he left France for Chelsea. That's a big step at 16,” he explains of the talented Congolese who failed to establish himself in the Premier League, and then he tried his luck in Spain in Sevilla, Rayo Vallecano and RC Deportivo.

Kakuta to Chelsea, 2009 – Getty

According to Hazard, Chelsea signed Kakut in 2009 after he excelled in Lens' youth ranks… and his arrival ultimately led to two transfer window bans for the Blues due to irregularities in his signing when he was just 16. Kakuta played 16 games for Chelsea, but he never managed to assert himself.

He was loaned several times (Fulham, Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse…) until he was hired by Sevilla FC. He then went through Chinese football before returning to Rayo Vallecano and spending his final years in Ligue 1 and French Ligue 2, where he now plays for Amiens.

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