'I am no artist like Messi' - Chelsea's Hazard distances himself from comparisons to Barcelona icon

ShareClose Comments
The Belgium international is not getting carried away by his fine performances for the Blues and does not see himself sat among the world's best

Chelsea star Eden Hazard refuses to put himself in the same category as Lionel Messi, hailing the Barcelona star as "a real artist".

Hazard has been in superb form this campaign and has been an integral component in Chelsea's fine performances in the Premier League, with Antonio Conte's side seven points clear of Tottenham atop the table.

Hazard laughs off Madrid links

The Belgium international's sublime displays have earned him comparisons with five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi, but the 26-year-old remains humble as he focuses on pleasing the fans.

"For me, the real artists are [Zinedine] Zidane and Ronaldinho. [Juan Roman] Riquelme as well for the way he moves and passes the ball," Hazard told France Football.

Lionel Messi

"And then there is Messi. What he does with the ball is something else. I do not see myself at that level. It is up to others to make such comments. I am not going to proclaim myself an artist like him.

"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 is up to us, the players, to make them happy.

'Chelsea can deliver Hazard success'

"I have been a creative player ever since I was a child. You cannot practice it. Of course, I have worked hard to get where I am, but it is a skill I have that I have improved. It is 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."

Next article:
Chelsea vs Perth Glory: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
Next article:
To those who enjoy seeing others fail, I feel for you – Karius responds to criticism
Next article:
'You don't get always in life what you want' - Mourinho responds to Martial exit talk
Next article:
Klopp hails Dortmund star Pulisic after Liverpool loss
Next article:
Percy Tau: Introducing the new Brighton & Hove Albion attacker

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy.

Show more Accept