After his superb performance in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Cardiff City weekend, Eden Hazard has continued to dominate the headlines with his coach Maurizio Sarri saying he’s the best player in Europe.
The bold claim hasn’t gone down well with some in the football community with former West Ham goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop claiming that Hazard is not in the same league as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Hislop also maintains that the Belgian ranks below Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Paris Saints-Germain stars, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
“I understand where Sarri’s coming from and I understand why he’s saying that,” Hislop told ESPN.
“It is his player after all and it was Cardiff after all.
“Don’t get me wrong, he is one of the best players in European football.
“There is a tier that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo sit on.
“And then just below them you’ve got Mbappe and Bale and Neymar. Hazard I think is just outside of that.
“This is no disrespect to Eden Hazard, these are some of the best players the world has ever seen.
“He’s just outside of that and certainly in English football, there are few players who can individually change a game, who can take a game by the scruff of the neck and the opposition have little that they can do about it, like Eden Hazard.
“But like I say, there are those who are maybe just on a tier just above.
“Hazard is close but not there just yet.”
Well, Hazard has a great chance to respond to Hislop when the high-flying Blues take on West Ham in a London derby this weekend.