Lampard, who played alongside Hazard for two seasons, told Sky Sports that he wasn’t overly convinced with the Belgium international when he first arrived at Stamford Bridge.
However, he ended up being won over when Hazard made his Premier League debut against Wigan Athletic, with the diminutive winger producing two fabulous assists inside the opening seven minutes of the match.
“I remember him coming to Chelsea and I wasn’t sure – even with the lovely flicks,” Lampard revealed on the Fantasy Football Club. “When we played Wigan the first game of the season, he absolutely ruined them. I’ve told him he can go as far as he wants to go, and I’m talking Messi and Ronaldo level.”
Hazard, now 24, took his game to a new level this season - winning the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Year award in the process - but must score more goals to be considered in the same bracket as Messi and Ronaldo.
Hazard must score more goals
The former Lille star scored a reasonably impressive 19 goals this season, but this tally pales in comparison to the ridiculous figures recorded by the world’s two best players season after season.
Messi has scored 56 goals in 55 games this season - and has two finals left to play - while Ronaldo has scored 61 in 54.
Hazard also needs to win a Ballon d’Or - Messi and Ronaldo have four and three, respectively - but that might not happen until the two big boys are well into their mid-thirties.
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