Chelsea news: Eden Hazard is NOT the best player in Europe for one reason – Jenas | Football | Sport
The Belgian was at his sumptuous best on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick as the Blues beat Cardiff 4-1.
Neil Warnock sung Hazard’s praises before kick-off at Stamford Bridge, admitting his side needed to focus solely on stopping the 27-year-old.
And Sarri joined in after the clash, labelling the attacker as the ‘best player in Europe’ at the minute.
But Jenas, despite heaping praise on Hazard, does not believe the Chelsea star is the best footballer on the continent just yet.
“Maurizio Sarri thinks Eden Hazard is the best footballer in Europe after Saturday’s hat-trick but I don’t believe Hazard is there yet,” he wrote in the Daily Mail.
“He’s a brilliant player, no question, in the ‘world class’ category, however you want to define that.
“He lit up the Premier League as soon as he arrived at Chelsea from Lille in 2012, and has been a major asset.
“You watch games and he does things that blow your mind.
“His technical ability is superb, his professionalism likewise, and he scores goals.
“But to say he’s the best in Europe now: in a word, no.”
Hazard faces a wealth of competition in the battle to be the best player in Europe at present.
And Jenas can name a host of players who are on par, if not better than the Chelsea winger, including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Lionel Messi fills that spot, by far,” he continued.
“And Cristiano Ronaldo comes next for the consistency of what he’s done and is continuing to do.
“Hazard belongs in the mix below those two, a level that includes Mo Salah, Neymar and Kevin de Bruyne to name three.
“Kylian Mbappe is in the debate around them, and Luka Modric.
“Hazard hasn’t quite reached that level of domination where he shapes not just games but seasons to his will.
“I’d point to Salah at Liverpool last term as one example of someone who did, to Gareth Bale in his Tottenham pomp, to Messi most seasons, Ronaldo year on year.”