Chelsea star Eden Hazard is convinced he can develop into the world’s best.
Hazard, 23, ruled out any move away from Chelsea last week and revealed he is now challenging himself to attain the level of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
“I realise that I can compete with Messi and Ronaldo in the near future, if I put in some more effort,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws.
“I don’t know if I will ever reach their level. It’ll be hard, they have incredible stats, but I accept the challenge.
“Of course I want to be the best in the world. Previously I was more worried about the game itself: football was just a game for me, I wanted to amuse myself and didn’t bother what the people thought about me.
“Since I’ve been at Chelsea, I’ve become more aware of my qualities, I guess. Before I knew I was a good player, but not one of the better players in the world.”