Eden Hazard: I’m not as good as them!

In a recent Interview given to The Telegraph, Eden Hazard admits that there are players who are much better than him, all of them are older than the little Belgian. However, for a player with Ballon D’or aspirations and hopes of becoming the best in the world, he candidly confesses of the five men better than him.

Eden Hazard arguably is the most valuable player in the Chelsea ranks. As per records provided by Squawka Eden Hazard is among the best wingers in the League at the moment. When compared to Manchester United’s tried and tested Angel Di Maria, he more than stands his ground.

Consider this: Eden Hazard has played 7 games for the Blues, Di Maria has started only 5. The Belgian has graced the pitch for 592 minutes, the Argentinian has clocked in 405 minutes. There are stories that the Blues’ wonder-kid will miss the upcoming fixture. However, for the games he has played, he has shown that he is one of the best, at least if not the world over, then at least in the Premier League.

Eden Hazard has 71% shot accuracy, Di Maria has 40%. Hazard has a success rate of 68% when trying a take on, Di Maria’s stat stands at 40%. Hazard also has a better number when it comes to key passes on the pitch and leads Di Maria by one more key pass. Di Maria has scored 13 times on the key pass meter. Similarly, Hazard takes on and thumps Di Maria in many other aspects of the game such as total attacking score.

Hazard even manages to trump the ace from Argentina with his defensive abilities. This is the department that earned him a good rant from manager Jose Mourinho last season after the Champions League debacle against Atletico Madrid in the Semi Finals. Hazard also criticized the manager’s tactics. Since then, they have both moved into a new dimension it seems.

The Special One’s team has a goal difference of 14. Besides, his team are five points clear of Manchester City, thereby staying at the top of the table from the last international break to the current one. What has changed with Hazard? A lot, to say the least. He still remains the go to guy for attacks and counter attacks from the left flank. Nonetheless, the arrival of two Spanish internationals from two different Spanish giants has taken the Blues’ attacking prowess to a whole new dimension.

The spotlight and as such, the pressure is off Hazard. He can perform without pressure, this is where the player has room to grow. This is where players like Hazard can do what they like, and get better at it with every passing game.

Hazard is not going anywhere, anytime soon! 

He has been linked to PSG and to every other club that can afford him. He has denied it almost every time. Eden Hazard wants to grow into a world beater at Chelsea. As his reason to not go to Les Parissiens, Hazard counts the fact that he has been there and done all that PSG do. That is, win the title every season. Besides, Hazard is not a stranger to the fact that the French League as a whole, is an inferior league, a step back from the Premier League.

More so with the apparent demise of Monaco as the biggest opponents to PSG’s crown (refer James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao).  So after having already won all that is at offer in France, Hazard has no desire to move to the team that recently beat the eternal world power from Catalonia.

Hazard does not consider himself among the fabulous five

If you had to make a list of the five best players in the world (which every football fan has a version of!) who would they be. 110% of those lists include a certain Argentine, and a Portuguese: Cristiano Ronaldo. As a personal preference, I put CR7 ahead of Messi. However, I do not decide the Ballon D’Or, so let it be.

These two names are often followed by the Zlatanastic player from Sweden (read PSG). Zlatan Ibrahimovic had once scored a hattrick in a match played against a team from Jupiter. Ever since then, he got a reputation the size of two football stadiums and an ego bigger than the moon. Deservingly so, most would say. Winning 8 consecutive league titles in half as many countries says something by itself. Add almost five more to that and you have the third best player in the world without a doubt. At 32, he continues to do Zlatanous things.

To these tantalizing 3, add Franck Ribery and an ex-Blue, born in Netherlands and currently playing for a German team. Yes, you guessed it right, the Eden Hazard of 2004. You may call him Arjen Robben. These are the fabulous five of world football. Interestingly, these players also happen to be the best of the rest in Eden Hazard’s encyclopedia too. According to the Belgian, these are the players who make a difference in every game they play, week in-week out. Here’s Hazard’s version of my statements:

“Who are better than me? The two extra-terrestrials, Ronaldo and Messi, Ibrahimovic, Ribéry and Robben. They make the difference almost every game.”

If you try to read further between the lines in Hazard’s interview with the above mentioned publication, he came close to saying that he might be the best in future, but as of now, two ETs dominate the world of football. Does he want to be an extra terrestrial too? I don’t know. Here’s what I know: He’ll be one of the best three in years to come. For now, read his exact statement:

“I’m not a top-five player yet,”

“Maybe I’m close to it, but I still have to work on some aspects. You can only be part of that group if you are decisive in the top games. I start doing that, like I did against Manchester City and Arsenal.

“Who are better than me? The two extra-terrestrials, Ronaldo and Messi, Ibrahimovic, Ribéry and Robben. They make the difference almost every game.”

So, there it is. Hazard wants to usurp Ronaldo’s throne in the coming seasons (for Messi fans, replace CR7 with Messi, I dont want to hurt you.) and he wants to do it by playing like he played against Manchester City and Arsenal every game, every week. Easy, I’d say. Hazard has done all the hard work by himself to get into a position where he can make such claims. If he continues in the same vein, there’s no force in the universe that will stop him from achieving that.

The Final Fantasy:

Hazard is devastatingly close to becoming one of the best five, perhaps best three in a couple of seasons. He knows what he has to do. He works on it. He also has all the guidance in the world that he needs in the form of Jose Mourinho. He’s astonishingly young for his abilities. He has a 100% penalty conversion rate. He has played only one bad game this season, against Aston Villa. He is more of the team player now than he was last season. He’s already among the best in England, it is only natural that he becomes one of the best in the coming years.

Players like Hazard are made for achievements like these. With everything he needs (such as a world class team) already at his disposal, he is sure to do all he shows a promise for. As Blues fans, we have to keep our fingers crossed. May the force be with you, Eden Hazard!

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  1. Eden Hazard is truly a gift in football. Let him keep it up. The five he has recorded for ballon d’or will soon be history.

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