Tuesday 20 March 2018

The results are in: The best player on the planet in 2020 will be...

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Eden Hazard can be the best in five years - did you agree? Our sister paper in the UK ran a poll and the results are in.

Eden Hazard put pen to paper on a new five-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea earlier this week and to improve his week a little more readers of The Independent believe he will be the best player on the planet by 2020.

Announcing the new deal for the Belgian winger Jose Mourinho said he can become "the best player in the world" during his time at Stamford Bridge.

And it seems readers of The Independent agree with the Special One.

Following Mourinho's assertion we opened a poll asking who you thought would be the best player on the planet in five years time.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be picking up his pension at Manchester United by 2020 and the landscape will have shifted dramatically - but already there are clues as to who might be the one picking up the Ballon d'Or a couple of years out from a World Cup in Qatar.

Hazard was the comfortable winner of the poll, with 36 per cent voting in favour of the Chelsea player.

Paul Pogba, currently at Juventus, was a solid second with 15 per cent. He edged out Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling who picked up 12 per cent. It also seems some of you think Lionel Messi will still be challenging for the Ballon d'Or at the ripe old age of 32 - the Argentina international collected eight per cent of the vote.

Harry Kane and Gareth Bale came next with five per cent each.

You can see the contenders for the vote below...

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

The Barcelona man will be 32 in five years, and will probably have scored over 500,000 goals for the Catalan giants. Will he be part of the same Chelsea attack as Hazard by then in a monumental £300m transfer, stranger things have happened.

Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona.  Raheem Sterling

Currently at Liverpool but his reported contract demands mean he could be on the way to sunnier climes soon, with the European champions Real Madrid interested. Up front or on the wing, the 20-year-old has been impressive so far in his Reds career, having only made his debut in March 2012.

Marco Reus

Marco Reus

The much in-demand 25-year-old midfielder signed a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund this week to keep away interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool. Missed the World Cup after because ankle injury, but is expected to feature in many more major tournaments for Germany.

France's Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring a goal during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Nigeria

Paul Pogba

The first £100m player? His agent says he will be leaving Juventus within the next 18 months and the 21-year-old has attracted the interest of Chelsea and Manchester City. A dominant force in the France midfield.

Eden Hazard, pictured, could become one of the best players in the world, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Eden Hazard

The 24-year-old's manager at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, says he can become "the best in the world" after signing his new five-and-a-half year contract today. Few would argue with 'The Special One'.

Martin Odegaard from Norway holds his new Real Madrid shirt during a press conference at Real Madrid's Valdebebas training grounds. Odegaard aged 16 will play for Real's second team Real Madrid Castilla and had been linked with many of Europe's top clubs.

Martin Odegaard

The Norwegian 16-year-old recently joined up at Real Madrid. Could he be the youngest ever winner of the Ballon d'Or?. He'll have to beat (the Brazilian) Ronaldo, who was 21

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring Tottenham Hotspur's opening goal in their Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Harry Kane

The 21-year-old can't stop scoring for Tottenham at the moment, with 23 goals in all competitions, and soon will be featuring for England too. The next Alan Shearer?

BILBAO, SPAIN - DECEMBER 21: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico de Madrid celebrates after scoring during the La Liga match between Athletic Club de Bilbao and Club Atletico de Madrid at San Mames Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Antoine Griezmann

The 23-year-old French playmaker joined Atletico Madrid for £24m last summer. Seen as the natural successor to Franck Ribery in the national team.

Gareth Bale has been the subject of serious interest from United, who were first keen on signing him from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013. Warren Little/Getty Images

Gareth Bale

The £86m Welshman. The world's most expensive player should have free reign at Real Madrid by then, with Cristiano Ronaldo 35.

James Rodriguez of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring during the 2014 Spain Super Cup football match 1st leg between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid

James Rodriguez

Colombian excelled at the recent World Cup, and the attacking midfielder only be 28 in 2020.

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