Eden Hazard reveals the only footballer that better him in the current Chelsea squad

Eden Hazard names the only footballer that was better him. The rest were not up to his standard. Do you agree?

Chelsea legend Eden Hazard has named the only player that was better than him during his playing career.

In an interview with L’Equipe, Hazard said: “Lionel Messi is perhaps the only player who is better than me. I loved watching him when he was at Barcelona. I didn’t like watching him much afterwards, but he is the best in history.

“t is impossible to take the ball away from him. Cristiano Ronaldo is a bigger player than me, but in terms of pure football, I don’t think he’s better than me. Neymar, maybe.”

Asked if he would have liked to have Ronaldo’s mentality, Hazard replied: “No. It wouldn’t have been me. After training, soaking in the cold bath for an hour, no.

“Leave me alone, with my friends, we go home, play cards, have a beer. I play for two hours with my friends. Children in the garden. It was my recovery. If I had been like Cristiano, I would have been burned out.”

On reports on him being overweight during his time at Real Madrid, Hazard replied: “With Chelsea I had just finished one of the best seasons of my career. I said to myself: ‘Now that I’m at Real Madrid, this is perhaps the last vacation I’ll be able to enjoy’. And I let myself go like I let myself go every summer. Seven years in England, without a break at Christmas, giving everything, so that when I have three or four weeks of vacation “don’t bother me”: barbecues, rosé wine… all that. Then in Madrid things went wrong and that’s it.”

“I wasn’t watching what I ate but I didn’t go for a burger every day either. You can’t do that for 16 years. I didn’t think it was important. I’m a hedonist, I like to eat and drink with my friends. Dieting is bullshit, it doesn’t work.

“If you want to play until you’re 40, then ok, but I knew I wouldn’t be like that. I always have some champagne in my fridge.”

“They say I was a lazy person. But I didn’t go 16 years without training. The little games, the little runs, I was there.

“It’s true that some mornings I arrived without sleeping well, without desire, & when it’s like that, I show it. ‘Don’t give me the ball, I won’t move within a square meter’.”

Asked if Real Madrid the right club for you, Hazard replied: “I’ve been a Zidane fan since I was a child. The Bernabéu, the white kit… it has a charm that others don’t have. Madrid is special. Beyond that, I don’t think I fit in. It’s not like me.

“It’s a bit of a ‘swaggering’ club & I’m not like that. I also didn’t like the way we played if you compare it to other clubs. But it was my dream. I couldn’t finish my career without coming here.”

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