Eden Hazard has more than justified his £32 million pricetag in the last few months through his consistent and spellbinding performances. One of the favourites to win the PFA Player of the Year award this year, Hazard has revealed that his ambition is to reach the level of Ronaldo or Messi – widely adjudged as the best players in the world today. He has also responded to suggestions that he is lazy.
The 23-year-old has been criticised occasionally for his laid-back approach in training and his failure to track back. Speaking to Belgian newspaper HLN, Hazard said:
I have the image of someone who cares about nothing. I say that this is my sixth season in top-level football. I am rarely injured, I’m careful with my diet. All this proves that I’m seriously involved.
Jose Mourinho recently praised the shift in attitude of the player, who he says is more involved and professional than ever. “He was not voted, but he was known as one of the worst trainers. He has become, I don’t say one of the best, but a good professional in training,” Mourinho said.
He also spoke about his desire to become the next Ronaldo or Messi. Hazard continued, “I do not know if I can reach statistics Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi but my goal is to reach this level.”
He has 11 in 29 matches this season – figures that are extremely good for a midfielder. Messi and Ronaldo have been scoring one goal per game on average for the last few seasons, but their performances come in a league dominated by the big two – Barcelona and Real Madrid. The gap between those two and the rest of the league is so vast that one can even say that the numbers are flattering.
It is incredibly hard to achieve those figures in the Premier League especially being a midfielder. For now, he is surely Premier League’s Ronaldo.