- After leading Belgium to third place finish at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Belgium government have placed a honour of 'Commander of the Order of Merit on Eden Hazard
- He was instrumental to their success in Russia few months back netting three times in the process
- The attacker also created two assists in six games to help the Red Devils record their best outing at the world stage so far
Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has been honoured in Belgium following his heroic performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The 27-year-old captained his side to finish third at the end of the tournament and won bronze medal after beating England 2-0 in the third place match.
He scored three goals and created two assists in six appearances at the global football showpiece earlier this summer.
On return to club football this season, Hazard has netted twice for the Blues after four round of matches as the Stamford Bridge side remain one of the few clubs yet to drop points this term.
However, the former French League star was knighted by the Walloons after bringing honour to the country at the championship.
SunSport report that the former French League star has now received a top award for captaining his country to a best-ever finish at the World Cup in Russia.
The Publication also confirmed that the government of Wallonia, the French-speaking southern half of Belgium, made Hazard a Commander of the Walloon Order of Merit.
Hazard's honour is the equivalent of a UK knighthood.
The government said: "We elevate Eden Hazard to the rank of Commander of the Order of Merit for the pride he has given all Belgians, and for his world-famous abilities as a footballer.
"He wore the Belgium colours at this summer's World Cup, and as Red Devils captain he demonstrated the squad's strength, spirit and fair play.
"He scored three goals in Russia. The first player in the fans' hearts, he will long remain the image of our national team."
Born at La Louviere, Hazard began his career with Belgian clubs Royal Stade Brainois and Tubize before joining French side Lille in 2005.
Chelsea paid £32million for the midfielder in 2012. He has since won two Premier League titles, the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup with the Blues.
NAIJ.com recently reported that Eden Hazard became Chelsea's third highest goals scorer after converting a spot kick against Newcastle United.
The Belgium play-maker calmly slotted in from the spot after taking two steps as the Blues claimed a 2-1 win at St James' Park.
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