Eden Hazard was outstanding for Belgium in the World Cup last season, and has started this season on a high, scoring five goals in five games already.
The Chelsea superstar bagged a hatrick in our 4-1 win over Cardiff City, and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri heaped massive praise on him, calling him the best player in Europe.
Former Tottenham forward Jermaine Jenas has heaped praise on Hazard, but does not believe he is the best footballer on the continent just yet.
Jenas believes Hazard must dominate not only games but a full season before being named as the best in Europe.
“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.”
“Lionel Messi fills the top 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.”