Belgian coach suggests what Eden Hazard needs to win Ballon d'Or

Eric Gerets believes that Eden Hazard will emulate Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the future.

Hazard has been in exceptional form for Chelsea this seasons, beating dribbling records in the Premier League, Champions League and Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Whilst his future at Stamford Bridge came under intense scrutiny last season, a poor showing in the World Cup seemed to rejuvenate his mentality, and it has been reported that the 23-year-old will sign a new contract in the coming weeks, tying his future to the West Londoners.

Despite being outshone in the Chelsea team by Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, Hazard has arguably had the better season than either of his teammates, with his attacking football a joy to behold, and it is just his finishing ability that needs to be worked on. If he adds goals to his game in the coming weeks, he is sure to be in the running for the PFA Premier League Player of the Season come May 2015, and he may take a surprisingly high finish in the 2014 Ballon d’Or when the results are announced in January.

However, no one is expecting him to knock Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi off their perch at this moment in time, but former Belgium legend Eric Gerets is confident that the winger will reach their level - and global success - if he is afforded patience and time to improve his game.

Quoted by Belgian media outlet HLN, the 86-capped defender said: “You have to give Hazard more time. It will come. He has too much talent.

“The future will show if he’s able to get on the same level as they [Messi and Ronaldo] are.

“Even if he never makes it to the same level, just below them is still a world (class) player.”

With Ronaldo 29-years-old, and Messi 27, Hazard will be entering his prime as a player when the world class duo will surely start to decline. While the Belgian forward will likely never reach the level that they are, it would be a travesty were he to end his playing career having never won the Ballon d’Or for his on-pitch achievements.

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