Chelsea’s manager Guus Hiddink believes that Eden Hazard can still reach Messi and Ronaldo’s level if he is willing to put in the hard yards and perform consistently.
Hazard has had a nightmare season at Chelsea this year which is unlike his previous season where he was instrumental in leading Chelsea to the English Premier League title and also bagged the PFA player of the year award. Since making a comeback after a persistent hip injury Hazard has shown flashes of brilliance by scoring three goals in two matches.
“If you want the recognition of the Ballon d’Or, then you need more consistency in performances,” Hiddink said of Hazard according to espnfc.com . “You go to the players who are performing under huge pressure in La Liga but they enjoy it, like Ronaldo, Messi, Iniesta and others. They have consistency in their performances. It’s a longer way for him to knock on that door.”
“We must not forget that he had a frustrating time being injured, coming back, playing, getting a setback in injury. He was not fully fit and then you’re not fully fresh. In the recent period you could see he was enjoying training, moving freely without any hesitations.”
Chelsea will move forward under new coach Antonio Conte and Hiddink is confident that Hazard will be back to his best because a fully fit Hazard will automatically play as nature has gifted him.