Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has praised teammate Eden Hazard by comparing him with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Hazard, 23, has picked up where he left off from last season by putting in a number of fabulous performances at the start of this campaign.
The Belgian international’s penalty against Arsenal was his second goal of the season as he set the Blues on their way to their sixth win in the opening seven games.
Hazard’s attacking play at times is relentless, and his ball control and dribbling ability is precisely the reason why many observers have likened him to the four-time Ballon d’Or winner.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the flying winger has successfully completed a whopping 36 dribbles over the season – averaging six per game.
Aside from his renowned ball ability, he has also played with intelligence and endeavour, creating a total of 15 chances as well as recording an impressive 31 ball recoveries.
New Stamford Bridge favourite Fabregas has certainly been impressed as he likened his new teammate to Argentine genius Messi in an interview with the Spanish publication Cope.
“It’s a young team, the feelings are good. Hazard is our Messi, he is the player who makes the difference. He has a brutal imbalance - the link of the team.”
The former Lille star moved to West London in the summer of 2012 and has gone on to represent the side 121 times in all competitions, scoring 32 goals.
His only trophy to date in a Blues shirt is the Europa League triumph in 2013, though from early season evidence there is an increased chance that he will add to that over the course of the campaign.