‘Hazard behind only Messi and Ronaldo as world’s best’

SHAFAQNA –  Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has hailed the progress made by the Belgium international but has urged him to score more goals if he wants to be considered one of the all-time greats

By Russell Stoddart

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes Eden Hazard is one of the best players in the world and ranks him behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Hazard has emerged as arguably Chelsea’s brightest talent since his move to Stamford Bridge back in 2012, earning the club’s Player of the Year award for his top-level performances in 2014.

The 23-year-old Belgium international has started the 2014-15 campaign impressively too and Nevin believes that he is improving all the time under Jose Mourinho.

He told Goal: “I’ve been a huge fan of Hazard since he joined Chelsea, but he’s getting better and better.

“He is at that level just below Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but I believe the only thing missing from his game is more goals.

“He’s still young and he has time to develop his prowess in front of goal. What has particularly impressed me is that he is getting more involved in games after his boss said a few choice words about his work-rate last season.

“Mourinho accepts nothing less than the absolute best and he knew there was more to come from Hazard. Credit to Hazard, he took that on board.”

Oscar is also enjoying a productive start to the new Premier League season and Nevin is delighted to see the understanding he has built up with summer signing Cesc Fabregas.

He added: “The Brazilian was another one who was criticised last season by Mourinho, but his form this season has been phenomenal.

“He has developed a great understanding with Fabregas and he is more comfortable playing a deeper midfield role when it’s required.”

Source : http://www.goal.com/en-ke/news/4748/exclusives/2014/11/12/6070131/hazard-behind-only-messi-and-ronaldo-as-worlds-best


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