Chelsea star Hazard claims he has potential to be better than Ronaldo and Messi
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard believes he has the potential to become better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The Belgian forward admits he cannot be compared to the two greats of football right now, but he can be if he becomes twice as good as he is right now.
Hazard, who is Chelsea’s top goal scorer this season, has been pivotal to the success Jose Mourinho’s side has acquired this season. Mourinho has been quite vocal about the role Hazard has played and that he is the “best young player in the world”.
The 23-year-old Belgium international has scored 14 goals for Chelsea this season, which has helped Chelsea acquire the spot in the Premier League. Mourinho insists if Hazard continues to work hard he will be able to overtake the likes of Ronaldo and Messi in a couple of years.
“It was nice of [Mourinho] to say that, but the important thing is that I'm always testing myself and always challenging myself to do better,” Hazard said. “It is also good that Mourinho is always in my face, telling me what he thinks, whether it is good or bad. That really keeps you on your toes as a player and is good for my progression.
“I would like to be considered the best in the world, but there is a gap at the moment. What do I have to do to close it? Score goals, go past players, pass the ball. Basically the same as now, only two times better.”
Hazard admits he has to continue working at the highest level every week if he stands any chance of becoming one of the greats of football. The youngster believes he has already proved himself in the Premier League and that he will target the Champions League next.
The former Lille player admits he has limitations as a player, but the best ones use such limitations to their advantage. Hazard believes he has can improvise and take advantage of the opportunities he has around him to bring the best out of himself.
Hazard has endured a difficult campaign this season. The versatile attacking midfielder played less than half an hour in Belgium’s 2-2 friendly draw with Ivory Coast on Wednesday. Hazard acquired his 40th cap for the country then and insisted that he was in good form and mentally and physically despite the increased number of games he has had to play this season.