Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has revealed that he not only wants to be the world's best player but believes it is a realistic ambition, with the Belgian star reported by Sky Sports as telling Het Laatste Nieuws that he can take his game to another level over the next few years thanks to a more mature approach.
Hazard has been in fantastic form for the Blues so far this season, shaking early concerns about his relationship with new boss Jose Mourinho to become the driving force behind Chelsea's fight for silverware on three fronts.
The 23-year-old has 11 goals and eight assists for Chelsea in all competitions but has claimed that he can do much better, setting himself a personal challenge of moving closer to the phenomenal consistency displayed by Ballon d'Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
He revealed: "Of course I want to be the best in the world. Previously I was more worried about the game itself: football was just a game for me, I wanted to amuse myself and didn't bother what the people thought about me.
"But since I'm here at Chelsea, I've become more aware of my qualities, I guess. Before I knew I was a good player, but not one of the better players in the world.
"Now I realise that I can compete with Messi and Ronaldo in the near future, if I put in some more effort. I don't know if I will ever reach their level. It'll be hard, they have incredible stats, but I accept the challenge."
Chelsea's £32m man has some way to go before comparisons with Messi and Ronaldo scoring 30 goals combined in La Liga already this season in the latest campaign to feature their battle for star supremacy.