Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has admitted that he is not among the top five footballers in the world.
The Belgium international is widely regarded as one of the best players on the planet, his performances for Lille and Chelsea over the past three or so years proving his quality.
Hazard was arguably Chelsea’s best player last season, scoring 14 goals and creating 92 chances in 35 Premier League appearances, while having a 83% pass accuracy and a 59% shot accuracy.
This season the 23-year-old has been overshadowed by the performances of summer signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, but the Chelsea attacker has still recorded impressive stats: 4 goals, 30 chances created, 90% pass accuracy, 61% shot accuracy and 62% duels won in 13 league matches.
There have been suggestions that Hazard is as good as Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona ace Lionel Messi, but the Belgian has played down such lofty praise.
“No, not yet,” he told the World Soccer magazine when asked if he is now one of the top five players in the world. “Maybe I’m not far away, but I’ve still work to do.
“I’ll only come into this category when I’m decisive in big matches. Slowly but surely I’m becoming so - as proved by my displays against Arsenal and Manchester City.”
When asked which players are the better than him, Hazard replied: “The two extra-terrestrials (Messi and Ronaldo), Ibrahimovic, Ribery, Robben.”
It appears that Hazard is very much down to earth and understands that he needs to improve a lot before he can compared to Messi and Ronaldo.
Hazard’s choices of top five footballers are also interesting, as he has not included any of his current Chelsea teammates.