Eden Hazard has been named the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season, UEFA announced on Friday.
The Belgian attacking midfielder, 28, topped the voting ahead of former Chelsea club-mate Olivier Giroud and Luka Jović – now a team-mate at Real Madrid – to win the third edition of the award, which was announced during the UEFA Europa League group stage draw in Monaco.
Hazard was the star man in the final Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in Baku. He set up his Chelsea’s second goal and then scored the third and fourth himself to crown his farewell game as a Blues player before his move to Real Madrid.
The Belgium forward scored 21 goals in all competitions last season and contributed 17 assists, statistics which earned him Chelsea’s Player of the Season prize in early May.
Top ten players of 2018/19 UEFA Europa League
1 Eden Hazard (Chelsea, now Real Madrid) – 340 points
2 Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) – 119 points
3 Luka Jović (Eintracht, now Real Madrid) – 94 points
4 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 65 points
5 Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – 19 points
6 N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) – 16 points
7 João Félix (Benfica, now Atlético) – 12 points
8 Willian (Chelsea) – 11 points
9= Pedro Rodríguez (Chelsea) – 9 points
9= Sébastien Haller (Eintracht, now West Ham) – 9 points