Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo claim made about Eden Hazard
That’s the incredible claim of Belgium manager Roberto Martinez.
Hazard has enjoyed an excellent last six months, helping Martinez’s Red Devils to finish third at the World Cup in Russia with a series of sublime individual displays as the team’s captain.
The 27-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid from then until the start of the Premier League season but stayed at Stamford Bridge and has contributed 10 goals and nine assists across all competitions in 21 appearances this term.
His form has faded slightly since an irresistible start having only scored once in his last nine league games, but he was arguably the best player in world football a few months ago.
That saw comparisons drawn between Hazard and Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo, now at Juventus.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri challenged Hazard to score 40 goals and win the Premier League Golden Boot this season while Cesar Azpilicueta declared: “Messi, Cristiano, they score 50 goals a year and that is very difficult in England.
“But from his point of view, if he’s more aggressive in the box by scoring goals and making assists, he will be at the top of his game. He has all the qualities to be the best.”
And Martinez believes that Real Madrid-linked Hazard – who has won everything but the Champions League with Chelsea – has never been in better form in his career.
Martinez told The Times: “At international level, I have only seen a player playing at the very top consistently.
If you take Ronaldo and Messi away, I don’t think you can find another player as decisive.
“Eden has won the league at Lille, a team that didn’t have the right to win it.
“And he has won the league at Chelsea in two different projects.
“He’s been the leader of a nation at a World Cup who got the bronze medal.
“The consistency is there, and he is at the best moment of his career right now.”
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