Chelsea star: I can be next CR7 and win the Ballon d'Or

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard believes he can emulate Cristiano Ronaldo by winning the prestigious Ballon D'Or award.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, the Belgian international said he believed he could become the best player in the world at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Lille in the summer of 2012, was named on the 23-man shortlist for the award, which Ronaldo won for the second time in his career earlier this week.

And Hazard thinks it could be him one day if he continues to improve at Chelsea.

"I've always said it, from when I was little, that it's my dream to win the Ballon d'Or," Hazard said.

"Chelsea gave me the chance to be seen on the world stage, so if I play well I could be seen as a potential Ballon d'Or winner in the future.

"Even seeing my name up among the 23, as I'm one of the youngest, I was really pleased about that. I think I have been lucky in my life, in football it has all come very quickly.

"I have had so much from a young age. I scored my goals very early, I got my contract very early and I hope it will continue. I am making the most of it."

The Belgian international has often been Chelsea's most important player this term - he leads the club in both goals (nine) and assists (five).

The £32m signing is hoping to fire Belgium to the latter rounds of the World Cup next summer, and will play a key role for his country as they look to fulfil their role as "dark horses" of the competition.

Hazard has 11 goals in all competitions for Chelsea this season - he scored 13 in total last term for the Blues.

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