Eden Hazard
Hazard Hazard has been excellent for Chelsea this seasonReuters

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has won the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award, after being named as the Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year last month.

The Belgian, who won the PFA young player of the year last season, has been in excellent form this season, scoring 14 goals and making eight assists to help the Blues win their first English Premier League title in five years.

The 24-year-old beat Tottenham's Harry Kane and teammate John Terry to claim the prestigious accolade that was won by striker Luis Suarez while playing for Liverpool last season.

The Belgian, who scored the winner against Crystal Palace as Chelsea clinched the Premier League title on 3 May, will officially be given the prestigious FWA accolade at a gala dinner in London on 21 May.

The Football Writers' Association Chairman Andy Dunn revealed that the competition for the prestigious English award was not "overly close", with 53% of the total votes (cast by 90% of the 270 FWA members) going in Hazard's favour.

"We have 270 members and we had a turnout of over 90 percent, and 53 per cent voted for Hazard," Dunn told Sky Sports News HQ. "It wasn't overly close, but there were some interesting votes around."

Although the other nominees also played a very important roles for their respective teams, Dunn insists that most of them believed that Hazard's contribution was the most important as Chelsea went on to win the Premier League title this season.

"There was a late groundswell of support for John Terry after his performances in recent weeks, and our members were also captivated by the Harry Kane story."

"There were votes scattered around for the likes of Sergio Aguero, David De Gea and also one for Esteban Cambiasso, but the majority looked at Eden Hazard's contribution to Chelsea's title-winning season - magnificent as it was - and decided he was the pivotal man."

The former Lille midfielder has also been shortlisted along with 10 other players for the PFA Fans' Player of the Year award, which will be announced on 26 May.

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