'It's obvious' - Hazard up there with Messi & Ronaldo, says Pedro

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The Spain international's opinion holds a lot of weight on the subject, having spent seven years in Barcelona's first team

Eden Hazard is one of the ‘four best players in the world’, alongside Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, according to Chelsea team-mate Pedro.

The Belgium captain has enjoyed an exceptional start to the season once again, with the Blues sat jointly at the top of the Premier League after five rounds.

Pedro, who arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2015, played with Messi for eight years at Barcelona after coming through the club’s La Masia academy and staunchly believes that Hazard should be held in the same regard as the Argentina international, alongside Juventus striker Ronaldo and PSG forward Neymar.

“It is obvious that he is [one of] the four players that are the best in the world,” the 31-year-old was quoted in the Mirror.

“Leo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Eden. Every year, you look at their numbers - score goals, assists, minutes – to see they play very well.

“Maybe in a few years Eden can win the Ballon d’Or because he is a very good player. He is a big star.

“It is great for the us that he is in good form with good confidence. He doesn’t lose the ball, he’s dribbling well, he’s scoring goals. It’s very good for the team. When he plays like this, he is very difficult to stop.

“He is a very important player for the team.”

Hazard joined Chelsea from Ligue 1 outfit Lille in 2012 and has won the club’s Player of the Year award on three separate occasions.

With the Blues, he has completed a clean sweep of the three major domestic trophies – the Premier League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup – as well as the Europa League.

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On the international stage, he led his country to a best-ever finish at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, reaching the semi-finals and securing third place.

Individually, he was also awarded the Silver Ball for the tournament’s second highest goalscorer, behind England’s Harry Kane.

Chelsea face derby rivals West Ham this weekend before back-to-back games with fellow early pacesetters Liverpool, in the Carabao Cup and the Premier League.

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