Ahead of the much anticipated clash between Belgium and France in the Semi-final of Russia 2018 world cup, veteran Begium captain Eden Hazard distinguished France’s Kylian Mbappe as a genuine contender for the Ballon d’Or race.
The Chelsea star spoke about the Paris Saint-Germain forward on beIN sports ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup semifinal clash in Saint Petersburg.
“Based on what he is showing, obviously there is Ballon d’Or capacity,” Hazard said. “In terms of potential, as well as quality, for me, yes, he already deserves the Ballon d’Or.”
Hazard, who is 27-year-old admitted that he is now watching videos of Mbappe, which is quite a reversal of roles.
“We have spoken a few times over the phone,” the Belgium skipper said. “Kylian told me that he watched my videos when he was younger. I am not sure if I pass for an old guy, but… I am not too old.”
“Now, it is me watching his videos from time to time, and I have a lot of respect for him and what he is doing. We have never seen this [quick development] in modern football.” he added.
“We grew up more on the French side than the Belgian, in terms of being football fans — we grew up with 1998.” He concluded.
The winner between France and Belgium will face either England or Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday 15/07/2018 at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.