Eden Hazard is delighted with the comparisons that have been made between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in response to his performances this season.
Chelsea are one point clear at the the top of the Premier League and this has a lot to do with the contribution made by Hazard, who is having a sensational second season at Stamford Bridge.
Blues manager Jose Mourinho was so impressed with the Belgium international he suggested there was no other young player in the world playing at his level, while his international manager, Marc Wilmots, claimed he was as good as the likes of Messi and Ronaldo already.
Such praise has obviously pleased Hazard, but the 23-year-old insisted he was only concentrating on trying to raise his standards and was not thinking about specifically outdoing Messi and Ronaldo.
"I'm very happy because it's very pleasing when it comes from him [Mourinho]," he told the BBC.
"But I hope eventually people will drop the word 'young' because that will mean I have moved up.
"To get to the level of Ronaldo or Messi I have to work extremely hard because those players are are on another planet."
Hazard has scored 12 goals and made five assists for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, which have been crucial in their moving to the summit of the table.
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