Eden Hazard has received a lot of praise for his performances lately, especially after his hat-trick grabbing display against Cardiff City on Saturday. He has always been a fine player, but he’s gotten off to a flier this season, with 5 goals in as many games for Chelsea, and is also firing for country.
The man is doing well, and deservedly getting accolades, but some people somewhere think he isn’t worth the kind of hype surrounding him.
Maurizio Sarri had described Hazard as the best player in Europe at the moment, which is a statement of fact judging by current form, but Shaka Hislop seems to think otherwise. Accordingly to the former player turned pundit, Hazard isn’t anywhere near Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and is even “not as good as” the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Gareth Bale and Neymar. He was speaking his mind of course, and sharing his opinion, which is allowed since freedom of speech is a fundamental right for everyone, but I find it disrespectful that he would compare our legend to the last three players he mentioned.
There’s absolutely no comparison between Hazard and those men. Mbappe is not even 20, and has barely played top flight football for two years. Mbappe and Neymar both play in a league which is inferior to the Premier League, and we’d recall that the French league was dominated by Hazard prior to his move to Chelsea in 2012. Until they come to England, and play half as good as Hazard, there is absolutely no comparison there. Until they can both play for the same club in England for 6 years, and constantly carry the weight of the club on their shoulders, then, there certainly isn’t a basis to compare these people.
Nemyar was under Messi’s shadow in Barcelona and while he is the star man in PSG, he hasn’t shown that he is any better than Hazard. Both featured in the World Cup in Russia, and Hazard was by far the better of the duo.
For Bale, he has not reached the heights that saw Real Madrid break the world transfer record at the time to sign him from Tottenham, and Hazard has bettered him ever since his move to Spain. Injuries haven’t even allowed him have a consistent season to start with – so we can see the ‘very high’ punditry qualities Hislop has. But no matter his bias, Hazard’s form and class is clear for all to see.
Hislop has only spoken like a true fan of Bale, Neymar, and Mbappe, and obviously has no love for our star man, but it’s alright, he doesn’t need to be loved by him, as he gets well enough of it from the millions of Chelsea supporters around the world.
Hazard has nothing to prove to anyone. The man has paid his dues in the game, and should be allowed to enjoy himself without getting dragged into silly comparisons. Legendary status doesn’t necessarily come from winning awards; it comes from what you deliver to your team game in, game out. Hazard has definitely done enough throughout his career, so people like Hislop have absolute no reason to talk smack about his person.