Eden Hazard compares himself to Lionel Messi - but not Cristiano Ronaldo

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Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard says that his playing style if more comparable to that of Lionel Messi rather than Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Blues are still chasing the Premier League title in Jose Mourinho's first season back in charge at Stamford Bridge, and a large reason for the prolonged title challenge has been the performances of Belgian international Hazard, who has starred in his second season in West London.

The former Lille star has received plenty of plaudits for his displays under Mourinho this summer, and with interest from Paris Saint-Germain growing, Hazard is now considered one of the finer players in Europe - leading to him being asked whether he would compare himself to Barcelona's Lionel Messi or Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

"If I had to choose, I’d say by my body type and style of playing means I’m closer to Messi," Hazard said. "Ronaldo is more of an athlete – he’s good at everything. He runs fast, he’s strong. So I would say I’m closer to Messi. But obviously I don’t score as many goals as he does.“

Hazard's comments regarding his goalscoring is particularly interesting given that the 23-year-old has hit 16 goals in all competitions this season, but Hazard is aware of what he needs to add to his game to get in some way close to Messi's staggering goalscoring record.

"Consistency," said Hazard. "Being able to be at the same level with the same impact on the game for 90 minutes, to be more decisive and make the exact right move at the right moment. And obviously to score as many goals as possible."

Having just turned 23 and with Messi set to turn 27 this summer, Hazard certainly has enough time to refine his game and become a world star like Messi has, but could he do it under Mourinho at Chelsea?

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