Hazard rejects Messi comparisons

Eden Hazard has rejected comparisons to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and insisted he ‘must perform on the biggest stage’.

The Belgian will feature for Chelsea in their Champions League last 16 clash against Barcelona on Tuesday and has drawn comparisons to the Blaugrana’s Argentine star.

“I need to put in big performances in these big games to draw comparisons with the very best,” Hazard is quoted as saying by Marca.

“There is more to come from me in this competition, every game I try to play my best football whether it is in the Premier League or now we are back (in the Champions League) this year.

“I played well in the games against Atletico Madrid, at home against Roma and it’s in those games – against the best in the world – when you want to shine.

“Messi and Ronaldo are a totally different level, they are the best in the world but I want to aspire to be like them but I must firstly do my job.

“This is a big game and we are Chelsea. We are the champions of England. We are ready. We can face them, we can beat them. Let's go for it.

“Iniesta? He is one of the best players in Barcelona history, he is playing at a high level and has been like that for many years.

“I remember the 'Iniestazo' in the last minute (in the 2009 semi-final) but that has already happened and we are focused on the present.”

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