Eden Hazard claims he was better than Cristiano Ronaldo in ‘pure football’ terms – but admits Lionel Messi is ‘the greatest in history’


The Belgian made a big-money move from Chelsea to Real Madrid in June 2019 and was handed over the iconic No.7 shirt by president Florentino Perez. Hazard was viewed as the successor of Ronaldo, the greatest goalscorer in the club's history. However, he failed to realise his potential and fizzled out after just seven goals and 12 assists during his injury-ravaged spell in the Spanish capital.

During an interview with L'Equipe, Hazard weighed on the debate between Messi and Ronaldo and said: "Individually, Messi is perhaps the only one. I loved watching the Barcelona player, less so at the end, but he's the greatest in history. It's impossible to take the ball away from him. Cristiano is a bigger player than me but, in terms of pure football, I honestly don't think so. Neymar, maybe. After that, he's no better than me, but at Real, you've got the best, also in terms of their careers: Benzema, Modric, they were the best, Kroos, Kev' (De Bruyne), they all exude football."

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