Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has tipped Eden Hazard to take his game to the next level and become as important to the Blues as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.
The Belgian winger has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 14 Premier League goals including the crucial winner against Crystal Palace at the start of May to clinch a first league title for the Blues in five years.
Individual awards have also followed for Hazard this season as he was voted as the PFA Player of the Year and also scooped the FWA Footballer of the Year award this week, which has led praise on the 24-year-old from Zola who admits that he’s been impressed with forward throughout the campaign:
“He is one of those players who you would buy a ticket to go and watch.” The Italian told the Evening Standard.
“To reach the standards of Ronaldo and Messi, it will take a bit more work. But if his attitude is right and if he works well, he has got the potential to reach their level.” Zola explained.
Hazard will get his hands on a first ever Premier League medal following Chelsea’s last game of the season against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon but he could miss the game after having three teeth pulled out earlier in the week.