Eden Hazard included in ESPN FC's list of top 10 players ahead of the new season
• The Chelsea winger was a key player for Belgium on their way to a third-place finish at the World Cup
5. Eden Hazard | Chelsea
"Another to parlay a fabulous World Cup into a rise up our Player Power Rankings. The Belgium captain scored three times and assisted on two more as he captained his side to third place in Russia. Long linked with a switch to Real Madrid, it seems Chelsea's talisman may yet remain in West London - and could flourish under new manager Maurizio Sarri."
Top 3 players in the world right now, per ESPN FC:
3. Kylian Mbappe | Paris Saint-Germain
"The breakout star of the World Cup. The 19-year-old scored four times in France's run to lifting the trophy, becoming the youngest player to score in the final since Pele in 1958. Upon his return to PSG, Mbappe will be gifted the club's No. 7 shirt, and looks destined to overtake a certain Neymar as the face of the club."
2. Lionel Messi | Barcelona
"It was another disappointing tournament for Argentina, and Messi was the best of a poor bunch, registering a goal and two assists in four matches as La Albiceleste crashed out of the World Cup in the round of 16. But he remains peerless with Barcelona, a club that not only won La Liga last year, but has reloaded this summer."
1. Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus
"His Portugal couldn't go any further than the round of 16, but Ronaldo bettered his goal total from the three previous World Cups put together (3) with four goals in four games in Russia. He followed that up by shocking the football world as he swapped Real Madrid for Juventus, and looks ready to take Serie A by storm."