Chelsea star Eden Hazard has said that he wants to follow in the footsteps of modern-day great Cristiano Ronaldo. The 28-year-old Hazard is widely regarded as being one of the best creative players in World football and one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. Hazard has once again been a standout performer for Chelsea this season and is the club’s leading goal scorer this season with 16 goals.
The Belgian’s contract with the Blues is due to expire during the summer of 2020 and he has been strongly linked with a move to Madrid as a possible direct replacement for Ronaldo. Los Blancos did not manage to find a direct replacement for the 34-year-old Ronaldo last summer after he opted to join Juventus. They have subsequently paid the price. Madrid are a shadow of the side that they were last season. They suffered a humiliating exit from the Champions League during the last 16 by Ajax Amsterdam and are not much of a threat to Barcelona in the La Liga.
Hazard would be a good addition to Zinedine Zidane’s side which desperately needs to undergo a squad overhaul this summer. In spite of achieving success in his own right, Hazard has never quite managed to reach the same heights as Messi and Ronaldo. He has managed to win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup and one Europa League but has never won the Champions League which is considered to be the premier club competition in Europe.
Ronaldo by contrast won the last three successive Champions League editions with Madrid and is attempting to do so for a fourth consecutive season with Juventus this term. Ronaldo is a one-man machine at Juventus in a similar way to how Hazard is heavily relied upon at Chelsea.
Hazard revealed to HLN as translated by Mirror Sport that he hopes to emulate the successes which Ronaldo has enjoyed during his career. When asked if he could be Ronaldo for a day, Hazard replied saying: “Oh yes, it would be fantastic to reach his level of excellence. I think that would be so brilliant. ”