Eden Hazard was in super form for Belgium as he captained the Belgium national team to reach the semi-final of the World Cup.
Hazard had scored in four consecutive matches – including a hat-trick against Cardiff City – before Chelsea dropped their first points of the season at West Ham, and he was again on fire in the Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Hazard who came on as a second-half substitute with Chelsea trailing Liverpool showed his world-class status by scoring the match winner, having taken the ball from wide, drifting into Liverpool box after jinxing a number of Reds defenders and smashed an unbelievable shot past Mignolet.
Not many players in our generation have been compared with two of the greatest ever players Diego Maradona and Pele. But Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Hazard has the power of the two football greats and should have been named the best player in the World Cup – an award that was given to Luka Modric.
“All the greatest players have the power,” Carragher said. “Think of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Gianfranco Zola and you can even go back to Diego Maradona and Pele.
“They can’t be bullied in football. Even though they are great players, you think ‘how do you stop them?’
“You can’t knock them off the ball and he has got that power and strength in the legs and the backside.
“When the ball goes wide it’s like the best player in the schoolyard saying ‘give me the ball’. He wasn’t in a great position to receive it, but then he scored the goal.
“I said on commentary that he is the best player in the Premier League. It’s not because he scored that goal, I believe it.
“I think he should have been named the best player of the World Cup also. He is an absolute superstar.”