Eden Hazard, who hails from the Belgian town of Braine-le Comte but moved to France aged 14 to play for Lille.
Hazard is one of three footballing brothers, and there was delight on French social media when a picture was unearthed of the trio as children in France football strips. paying homage to World Cup-winning striker Zinedine Zidane. Thorgan Hazard, Eden’s brother, is also in the Belgium team.
Pic 1: Kylian (Chelsea), Thorgan (Borussia Mönchengladbach) and Eden (Chelsea) wearing French shirts for the 1998 World Cup.
Pic 2: The three bros today.
Justifying his childhood transgression, Eden Hazard said that they had grown up with the 1998 World Cup and at that time there were no Belgium shirts – it was all about Les Bleus.
The French, on the other hand, have Benjamin Pavard, hero of the last-16 game against Argentina. He grew up in the French town of Jeumont, which nestles on the border with Belgium.