Chelsea news: Why Eden Hazard is as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – Begovic | Football | Sport
That is the opinion of Bournemouth goalkeeper and former Chelsea ace Asmir Begovic.
Hazard scored a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 4-1 Premier League win over Cardiff on Saturday.
That led Blues boss Maurizio Sarri to label the Belgian the best player in Europe on current form.
Begovic played with Hazard for two years at Stamford Bridge so knows the 27-year-old better than most.
And the Bosnian reckons Eden Hazard can continue to improve under Sarri.
Goals on Sunday presenter Ben Shephard asked Begovic: “Would you put him up there with the Ronaldos and the Messis?”
And the Bournemouth stopper was unequivocal with his response.
Begovic replied: “For sure.
“His consistency now, what he’s done over a period of time, he’s got a really good body of work.
“What he’s shown everybody, I think he’s right up there.
“I think it’s very difficult to separate the top players in Europe now, difficult to rank them.
“But I think he’s right up there.
“For myself personally, the best player I’ve ever played with hands down.
“I think he can just keep getting better and better.
“It’s not that old as well, so he’s still got a few years at the top level.”