Eden Hazard’s brother Thorgan recently suggested that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only players better than the Chelsea playmaker at the moment, but fans believe that he is nowhere near their level just yet.
Last season, Hazard had a dismal spell at Stamford Bridge during a campaign that left the club struggling and without a permanent manager following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
After Antonio Conte’s arrival in the summer, Hazard has reignited his form, scoring 10 goals and creating three assists in 23 Premier League appearances.
One particular goal has sparked debate over whether it should be deemed goal of the season so far.
It came against Arsenal last weekend at Stamford Bridge in the second half, when he picked the ball up from the halfway line and evaded his markers before sending it past Petr Cech.
Chelsea went on to win the game 3-1, and Hazard’s brother, who left the Blues to join Borussia Monchengladbach in 2015, has praised his sibling.
In an interview with Goal.com, Thorgan said:
“Yes, everybody thinks Eden has the potential to become the world’s best player, but we have at the moment two [exceptional] players in Ronaldo and Messi. They are very strong so maybe Eden will have to wait a little bit until they stop or when they are really old!
“He could become the best – for me, he is already one of the best. I want to see him go third on the [Ballon d’Or] list one day soon and I think he’ll do it.”
The comments have sparked a debate on Twitter, with many fans thinking that Hazard has a way to go before he can be deemed as good as the world’s best.
— #MBKArt (@mbako_mbk) February 8, 2017
@freebetscouk if hazard played with Messi and Suarez he'd be just as good
— Boban Mihajlov (@thibaut13_) February 8, 2017
People really need to STOP comparing Hazard to Messi & Ronaldo! Just because he scored a nice goal against AFC don't mean he on that level! https://t.co/TSfxCybKQU
— Morrison (@SportJ0urnalist) February 8, 2017
the Hazard-Neymar comparisons were understandable but comparing Hazard to Messi?????? nah that's way too extra
— Nouran (@NourannYasser) February 8, 2017
Hazard is special but don't think he is even close to being in the same vicinity as Messi & Ronaldo yet although he has the potential to be
— wanderlust (@contefications) February 8, 2017
Hazard is not even better than Neymar… Talk much less of Messi.
— Akobi-Wenger™ (@_Herphiez_) February 8, 2017
Yes Hazard scored a great goal, but may 'thunder' strike anyone that compares him to Messi. What kind of insult is that ???
— C££J@¥ P@TRI€K (@Ceejaypatrick) February 8, 2017
Hazard scores a solo goal once in a while and now suddenly all this football pundits from England say he's only 3rd to messi&Cr7.Its insane!
— Domani (@DecentCesc) February 8, 2017