‘I can compete with Messi & Ronaldo’

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has insisted that he can compete with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and become the world’s best.

The Clasico duo were voted number one and two in the Ballon d’Or this year, but the Belgium international has insisted that it won’t be long before he’s regarded in the same breath as the two plying their trade in Spain.

“Of course I want to be the best in the world," he told Het Laatste Nieuws. "Previously I was more worried about the game itself – football was just a game for me, I wanted to amuse myself and didn't bother what the people thought about me.

"Since I'm here at Chelsea, I've become more aware of my qualities, I guess. Before I knew I was a good player, but not one of the better players in the world.

"Now I realise that I can compete with Messi and Ronaldo in the near future, if I put in some more effort. I don't know if I will ever reach their level. It'll be hard, they have incredible stats, but I accept the challenge.”

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