Eden Hazard Wins PFA Young Player of the Year 2014 Award

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's second goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on March 8, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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As if Sunday wasn't good enough already for Eden Hazard, following Chelsea's 2-0 win at Anfield, the Belgian playmaker also took home the 2014 PFA Young Player of the Year award.

He beat out Daniel Sturridge, Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw, Raheem Sterling and Aaron Ramsey for the coveted honor:

Although he lost out on the PFA Player of the Year award to Luis Suarez, Hazard was one of 11 players named in the PFA Team of the Year:

Chelsea congratulated their now award-winning star:

Hazard was asked as to where he watched the Blues' dramatic victory. He made sure not to get carried away with his emotions, per Miguel Delaney:

Looking at Hazard's body of work, it's hard to argue that the Chelsea winger wasn't the most deserving candidate. According to WhoScored.com, he leads the club in both Premier League goals (14) and assists (7). Hazard also boasts the fifth-highest rating (7.68) across the league.

Squawka posted some of his more impressive stats from this season as well:

This is the first major individual award he has won since moving from Lille in the summer of 2012. Hazard won Ligue 1 Player of the Year in both 2011 and 2012, in addition to Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010.

The PFA Young Player of the Year award will undoubtedly serve as a springboard for Hazard in the years to come. Some of the recent winners include Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas, all of whom have gone on to bigger and better things.

It's not far off to see Hazard finishing at the very least as a finalist for the 2014 Ballon d'Or. He has the World Cup with Belgium approaching to impress voters in addition to the fact that Chelsea may take home a league and/or European title this season.

Hazard has long been considered one of the most promising players in the world, and the scary thing is that, at 23 years old, he's just now beginning to approach the peak of his powers.

The rest of Europe is on notice.