4. At the age of 17, Hazard became the youngest player ever to score for former club Lille in 2008.

5. Hazard comes from a football-playing family. His father played at a semi-professional level for most of his life, while his mother played professionally until she fell pregnant with him. All three of his brothers also play football. His brother Thorgan Hazard is also contracted to Chelsea but is currently on loan to Zulte Waregem.

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Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)

1. In 2012, Chelsea fans voted Drogba as the greatest Chelsea player ever.

2. Also in 2012, Drogba became the first African football player and the 12th player in history to score 100 English Premier League goals. He also became the first player ever to score in four different FA Cup finals.

3. Both of Drogba’s brothers play football. Freddy Drogba plays for Dijon in the French youth league.

4. In 2007, Drogba was appointed as a UN goodwill ambassador due to his charity work and his efforts to bring peace to his homeland. In 2006, his plea to bring an end to the civil war that was raging through Ivory Coast led to a ceasefire. This also led to him being named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2010.

5. Last year, while playing for Turkish team Galatasaray, Drogba won the Golden Foot award, an award presented to footballers for sporting achievements as well as for their popularity with fans. He was the first African to win this award.

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Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast)

1. Both of Touré’s brothers play football. His older brother Kolo plays for Liverpool. Before Kolo was transferred to Liverpool in 2013, the two brothers played alongside each other at Manchester City. Their younger brother Ibrahim Touré plays in Lebanon for Al-Safa SC.

2. Touré does not drink due to religious reasons, so when he wins a man of the match award, he foregoes the tradition of celebrating with champagne.

3. Touré was the first midfielder in 12 years to win the African Footballer of the Year award.

4. Touré has been appointed as a UN goodwill ambassador due to his campaign against the poaching of elephants, as well as his work raising awareness about environmental issues. Touré is also a Puma spokesperson. He donates Puma equipment and gear to disadvantaged children across West Africa.

5. Touré is incredibly dedicated to his career. He is known by teammates and fans alike for staying behind after training to practice his free-kicks and other skills.

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Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

1. Ronaldo was named after former actor and president of the United States Ronald Reagan, whom his father admired.

2. Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or, the Fifa World Player of the Year award and the Golden Boot among an extensive list of other awards and titles throughout his career.

3. The speed of Ronaldo’s free-kicks clocks in at 31.3 metres per second, which is over four times faster than the launching speed of the Apollo 11 rocket.

4. Ronaldo has raised funds for rehabilitation after the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, donated £100 000 towards the building of a cancer centre by the hospital that saved his mother’s life, and funded the treatment for a young child that had been battling cancer for many years.

5. He has always been passionate about football. “He loved the game so much he’d miss meals or escape out of his bedroom window with a ball when he was supposed to be doing his homework,” says Ronaldo’s godfather.

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