Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has revealed he is desperate to depose Cristiano Ronaldo this season by leading Chelsea to the Champions League and Premier League trophies this season.
His comments come in light of some lavish praise by his manager at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho, who claimed the young Belgian international has the ability to become the “best player of his generation” if he stays with the Blues.
Mourinho was asked about his plans for Hazard in the future after it emerged the 23-year-old could be about to be handed a new and improved five-year-deal worth £50million to stay on at Chelsea for the prime of his career.
While he did not commit unequivocally to signing a new contract, Hazard did describe what he dreamed of doing during his time with Chelsea and one of those was to aim for titles currently held by Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ultimately he claimed he was desperate to win a bunch of trophies under Mourinho, but also admitted he would love to get his hands on the FIFA Ballon d’Or, but was realistic in knowing that he would only get close to it if the trophies were racked up with Chelsea.
Silverware the key to ambition
“When they won the Champions League, after that season, I chose Chelsea. Now I am very happy. I hope we can win the Champions League again,” he told Sky Sports.
"If I want to win the Ballon d'Or, I need to win everything. I can be better. Last season was very good, and the first season as well. Now I am in the third season and if I can win trophies, it could be better.
"Personally, if I continue like this and score more goals and make more assists, but most important is trophies at the end."
Is it possible?
Winning the Champions League does not look beyond Chelsea, if their start to the 2014/15 Premier League season is anything to go by – they have won all four matches, scoring 15 goals in the process.
However, Hazard will be hard pressed to emerge as the most outstanding player in the team, as summer signings Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa have been on fire so far.
Costa has scored seven goals in his first four appearances in the Premier League, while Fabregas has provided a record six assists in his first four competitive games for his new club.
Potential is there
Hazard certainly has the talent to become one of the leading players of his generation, but has failed to really capitalise of the incredible ability and physical attributes he possesses yet.
Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have done that for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively more than any other players, which explains why the pair have dominated the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the past half decade.