For Eden Hazard, Belgium’s challenge against Argentina on Saturday is straightforward. They must simply stop history repeating itself in order to make history.

Twenty-eight years ago in Mexico City, a Diego Maradona-inspired Argentina overcame the Belgians in a World Cup semi-final, with the captain scoring twice to take his team into the final.

In Brasilia this weekend, Lionel Messi stands between Marc Wilmots’s team and a place in the last four for the first time since Enzo Scifo, Jean-Marie Pfaff and Jan Ceulemans secured iconic status in Belgian football history by progressing to within 90 minutes of a World Cup final.

Then, as now, Belgium must shackle the world’s greatest footballer to secure victory.

And with Hazard leading Belgium’s new golden generation, the Chelsea midfielder admits that stopping Messi in Saturday’s quarter-final will be crucial if Les Diables Rouges are to join the heroes of 1986 in the history books.