Paul Scholes has questioned whether Eden Hazard has the ruthless streak that has allowed the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to dominate the game.
The Manchester United legend believes Hazard will have to drastically improve his goal-scoring record before being considered in the same bracket as the Real Madrid and Barcelona superstars.
However, Scholes wonders whether the Chelsea star, who is favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award, is selfish enough to do it.
“One thing I do wonder with Hazard is whether he has that hunger to score goals that you see in Ronaldo, Messi and [Luis] Suarez,” Scholes wrote in The Independent.
“Those are players who have a ferocious appetite to put the ball in the net. They’re unstoppable. Hazard seems to me to be a relatively gentle soul.
"One who is just as happy skipping past a couple of opponents and putting it on a plate for a team-mate.
“He does that very well, and I have no doubt he will deserve his accolade at the PFA awards. Playing the way he does, under pressure to score goals and make them, is not easy and he has been a big part of Chelsea’s success.
"But in this modern age, if he wishes to challenge the achievements of Messi and Ronaldo then he will have to prove that he can match their relentless desire to score goals.”
Hazard's main competition for the PFA award will be Tottenham star Harry Kane, who is likely to finish his first season as a first-team star as the Premier League top scorer.
Kane, 21, has netted 30 times in all competitions this season and has proved vital to keeping Tottenham's challenge for a Europa League spot alive.
While Scholes admits Hazard is not streets ahead of Kane, he says that, if given the chance, he would vote for the Belgian.
“My vote would go to Eden Hazard,” Scholes added. “I prefer the attacking footballers – you wouldn’t expect me to say otherwise – and Hazard has been the best in that regard.
"Not streets ahead of the likes of Harry Kane, and nothing like the wow-factor of those two big players at Barcelona and Real Madrid. But Hazard has made the difference in big games, like the one against Manchester United.”
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