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Hazard: I’m Not Yet At Ronaldo’s & Messi’s Level

Belgium star, Eden Hazard, has insisted he is not yet on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

His coach, Marc Wilmots, had suggested the 23-year-old can become ‘one of the top five players in the world’ but Hazard believes he needs to score more goals to match these ambitions.

"Seriously? He said that? Well, I never like to talk about myself in that way because, to be honest, I don't think I deserve it at the moment,” Hazard told Fifa’s official website.

“To be thought of as one of the best five in the world, I would need to score more goals for a start. 

“I would really need to score almost every game because that is what the best players in the world - like Messi and Ronaldo - do every season. 

“These are the guys everyone else has to aim for. It's nice of the coach to say such things, but I wouldn't say the same."

Belgium and Hazard struggled in the game against Algeria but he confirmed the game became easier after Marouane Fellaini’s equalizer.

"I didn't find it easy," he said.

"It was difficult for all the midfielders and forwards, especially in the first half, to find the space to show what we can do. 

“But when Marouane scored the equaliser, the game opened up more and we were able to show a little more of what we can bring as individuals and as a team. Hopefully you will see more of that kind of football from us in the games ahead.

"I can definitely play better and we can also play better as a group. But this was just a start for us, and we have won our first game, which we always felt would be the most important one. There's not much more we could ask. 

“I think you have to applaud the Algerian team because they made it really, really uncomfortable for us.”

Belgium will face Russia at the Maracana stadium on Sunday, 22 June.

Do you think Eden hazard can reach the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi? Have your say in the comment section below.

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