Saturday 19 August 2017

'I do not self-proclaim to be that good' - Eden Hazard admits that he's not on the same level as Lionel Messi

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) reacts in front of Belgium's midfielder Eden Hazard during the second half of a quarter-final football match between Argentina and Belgium at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) reacts in front of Belgium's midfielder Eden Hazard during the second half of a quarter-final football match between Argentina and Belgium at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has said that he is not on 'the same level' as five-time Ballon d'or winner Lionel Messi.

Hazard has undergone a resurgence this season at Chelsea but the Belgian has a firm understanding of both his strengths and limitations, particularly in comparison to his peers.

"For me, the artists are [Zinedine] Zidane and Ronaldinho, [Juan Roman] Riquelme as well in his way of moving, with his passes," Hazard told France Football.

"And then Messi. What he does with a ball is strong, right.

"I don't think I have that level. Again, it's up to people to say it (about being as good as Messi). I do not self-proclaim to be that good."

Hazard is in the running to win his second PFA Players' Player of the Year award this season as Chelsea begin to close in on their second Premier League title in the last three years.

The Blues are seven points clear at the top of the table with just nine games to play and Hazard has been a focal point of their attack all season with 11 goals and five assists so far in 27 games.

The 26-year-old is renowned for both his dribbling and his ability to create, but he insists that he's always had a desire to entertain.

"I want to offer pleasure. People who come to the stadium want to have fun and have a good time, it must be a show," added Hazard.

"And it is up to us, creators, to make them happy. Already, at five, I was that style of player. After, of course, I worked to get where I am. But that's something you've got.

"Creator, it is in the soul. Then it gets better. For too much to create is not good either. It has to be done at the right time. "

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