The Belgium international winger was dropped to the substitutes’ bench on Saturday as Jose Mourinho’s men put their disastrous run of form behind them with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard has been one of a number of high-profile under-performers for the Premier League champions this term, and his poor form was acknowledged by Mourinho in typically emphatic style.
Despite being a double Player of the Year last term, Hazard has struggled badly this term and his chances of regaining his place will not have been improved by the Blues’ victory against the Villans, but Neville is in no mood to feel sorry for the 24-year-old.
Neville, who now works as a coach for England alongside his punditry duties, challenged Hazard to snap out of his slumber and develop into a world-class star in the same bracket as the likes of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
“I’ve got no sympathy for Hazard,” the United legend told Sky Sports. “I expect more of him and we’re talking about great players in the Premier League. We say there’s a shortage of world-class players in the Premier League. How many real top world-class players do we have?
“Sergio Aguero and David Silva you would put up there and Hazard is there too as an offensive player and there might be a couple more, but they’re the three I think of off the top of my head.
“And Hazard for me now, there was talk of him going into that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi category but they don’t have off periods and even when they do, they are still contributing. I’ve got no sympathy for him and with that question mark hanging over him. He’s got to pull himself out of [the lull].
“The best players do that and not just this season, but the very best take confidence from that and go and score 30 goals next season and be the player in the league and dominate again. He needs to come out of it because that’s what the best players in the world do.”
Chelsea return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, looking to bounce back from their 1-0 reverse to Porto in the last round of continental fixtures.