Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that Eden Hazard is amongst the three best players in the world, reports the Daily Mail.
The Belgian was in fine form as the Blues beat Manchester United 1-0 on Saturday, picking up the what turned out to be the winning goal in the first half. He is also one of the favourites for the PFA Player of the season award, which is announced next Sunday.
This has earned hims some high praise from his 52-year-old boss. While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are widely regarded as the two best players in the world, no one is really agreed on who is third. However, Mourinho thinks his player may be that man.
He said: “He’s a kid, but he knows that he is one of the three best players in the world – he is coping with that responsibility.I had lots of stars. Hopefully in every club I worked I had stars. But he is the humble star, yes. He is the humble star.”
“He’s getting strong. Physically, mentally he’s getting very, very strong. He understands his role. The day before the game I told him: ‘This game we will never lose. Never.’ But we needed to win.”
He added: “He understands clearly that especially in a moment where the team doesn’t have all its power, he understands when the game becomes strategically. He understands that his talent is fundamental for the team. He was there for us and almost a second goal when he hit the post.”
Having managed Ronaldo while in charge of Real Madrid and having come up against Messi on numerous occasions, the Portuguese could well know what he is talking about.