Eden Hazard feels lucky to have the natural talent, but he doesn’t like comparison with his above the level artist Lionel Messi. The 26-year-old Chelsea star has 11 goals and 5 assists to his name this season, and he is only eight weeks away from lifting the Premier League for the second time if things go in Blues favour. Hazard team currently leads the Premier League table with seven points advantage over second placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Talking to the France Football on his comparison with the football great artists, Hazard said, “For me the real artists are [Zinedine] Zidane and Ronaldinho. [Juan Roman] Riquelme as well for the way he moves or passes the ball,” as reported by Mirror.
And, then there is Messi. What he does with the ball is something else. I do not see myself at that level. It’s upto others to make such comments. I’m not going to proclaim myself an artist like them. I just want to bring happiness to the fans. The people who come to the stadium want to enjoy themselves and see a spectacle. It’s up to us, the players, to make them happy.”
I have been a creative player ever since I was a child. You cannot practice it. Of course, I have workwd hard to get where I am, but it is a skill I have that I have improved. It’s natural to me, but you have to do it at the right time.
The ball is my friend. We go way back. He is my most faithful friend. I caress the ball, but that is not always easy when I dribble. I can caress it when I shoot, like Thierry Henry. I can treat the ball like a woman, like a friend, like an elderly person.
In the meantime, Hazard has been linked heavily with Spanish giants Real Madrid. Diario Gol reports that Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane’s first choice for the next galactico signing is Hazard. Zidane has even started looking for the schools for his children in Madrid.
The reports came after Hazard made a comment about his little children schools and family in Chelsea. He said, I’m staying at Chelsea. During Belgium national duty he was asked where he sees himself after the retirement, Belgian said, “Maybe I’ll live in Belgium, to be close to the family, or else I could go somewhere with nice weather. My kids are very much settled in London so it could be here, that’s a long way off yet so we’ll see.”