Don’t want to be Ronaldo or Messi: Hazard  |  Photo Credit: AP
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is unarguably one of the finest players in world football. He even made it to the Premier League Player of the Year shortlist, before seeing Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk being crowned as the winner. While Hazard has produced many match-winning performances for club and country, he still isn’t seen in the same category of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Although the Belgian does aim to become the best player in the world, he said that he doesn’t want to be Messi or Ronaldo.
In an interview with Times of India, Hazard spoke about various aspects of the game, ranging from Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League qualification hopes to his highly talked about transfer rumour to Real Madrid. While the attacker refused to get into the details in revealing what the future holds for him, he did admit that helping the Blues bag a UCL spot remains one of his top priorities.
“It’s very important,” said Hazard when asked about the importance of being in the UCL next season. “Chelsea has to play in the Champions League every year, it’s one of biggest clubs in the world, and for myself also I want to play in the Champions League. And I think we will.”
A transfer from Chelsea has been on the cards for Hazard for a couple of seasons but the Belgian has stayed put at the Stamford Bridge club during these years. Entering the final year of his contract, Hazard is highly linked with a move to Spain with Real Madrid but when asked whether this is going to be his last season in London, the 28-year-old remained tight-lipped.
“I’m not thinking about that now at all. I just want to shine with Chelsea, to help us finish in the top four and to try to win the Europa League. That’s the only focus,” he said.
There still remains many areas of the game where Hazard can develop himself and possibly reach the levels of Messi and Ronaldo. Commenting on the topic, the Belgian said that although he wishes to continue improving, he does not want to become Ronaldo and Messi but himself.
“I want to be the best, but it’s not what I think about all the time. I just want to enjoy my football and to keep working and improving. I don’t want to be Ronaldo or Messi, I want to be myself,” he said.
Presently sitting fourth in the Premier League standings Chelsea next face Watford over the weekend while also hoping to keep hold of their spot in the points table to book a spot in the Champions League group stage for next season.