Belgian winger wants Messi-like goals tally.
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has set himself an ambitious target of scoring ’50 or 60′ goals for the Blues next season, he has told the Metro.
The 22-year-old has some way to go after managing 13 strikes in his first season at Stamford Bridge, though few will be complaining about his performances as he also notched up 25 assists in an excellent debut year in English football.
The Belgian joined from French side Lille for around £29million, and his best goals tally at his old club was 22, though he was often the team’s first choice penalty taker.
He has cited Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as inspirations, as they started their careers on the wings before moving more central to reach astronomical figures for their clubs.
Messi’s best total is 73 goals in 2011/12, and Ronaldo managed a career best of 60 that season as well, and Hazard clearly has high expectations of himself as he hopes to improve in front of goal next season.
“My dream is 50 or even 60 goals like Lionel Messi and Ronaldo,” he said. “They have shown it is possible, so I can do the same.”
Hazard added that he believes the arrival of Jose Mourinho as the club’s new manager will help him reach new levels in his game, saying: “He’s a mystical coach, who is always being talked about. It will be a pleasure to have a coach like him.
“Everybody says it will be a very good thing for me.”
Hazard has been linked with a move to big-spending Monaco, though Chelsea are unlikely to sell this exciting young player, and he seems committed to the West London club, particularly following the arrival of Mourinho.