Rio Ferdinand: The one thing Hazard must do to become the best

Former Manchester United mainstay "loves watching [Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard] play."

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has been "great to watch", according to BBC pundit Rio Ferdinand.

The Belgian forward, 23, transferred to the Blues from Lille two years ago for a £32 million sum, however, that cost may go on to prove to be a bargain if the player continues to develop like Ferdinand expects him to.

The former Manchester United star said: "He's great to watch, he's explosive, has great feet and when he shoots he gets shots off early. He does what he wants. When he has the ball at feet you don't know what he's gonna do, he can go both ways and is quick enough to go outside and come back in on his stronger foot. The awareness to pick players out like he does is beautiful."

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There has been much talk this year, particularly from the ambitions of the player himself and his coach Jose Mourinho, about the potential of grooming Hazard into a star capable of challenging the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or.

In order to reach that level, the Englishman believes the World Cup star must do one thing: "If he increases his goal return he can become one of the best if not the best in the world in a few years.

"I love watching him play," he concluded.

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