Following Chelsea's embarrassing title defence last season, Eden Hazard has been back to his brilliant best under new boss Antonio Conte and showed everyone, as if we needed reminding, just what a top-class talent he really is.
The 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year has scored seven goals in just 11 league games, meaning he has already beaten his goals tally (six) for the entirety of the 2015-16 season.
Having the security of a wing-back behind him in summer signing Marcos Alonso, Conte has given Hazard and Costa the freedom to fully express themselves going forward and they've been instrumental in the Blues' surge up the Premier League table.
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Along with stars like Neymar, Antoine Griezmann, Gareth Bale and Paulo Dybala, Hazard is widely considered to be one of the players who will contest the coveted Ballon d'Or award once Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo retire.
The 25-year-old playmaker has been outstanding, but how does his season so far compare to those of the two best players in world football? Let's take a look.
Hazard vs Cristiano vs Messi
As mentioned, Hazard has made 11 league appearances this season, which is two more than Messi's made in La Liga and three more than Cristiano, who missed Real Madrid's opening fixtures as he recovered from the knee injury he suffered in the Euro 2016 final.
Chelsea's star man has found the back of the net seven times, which is two more than Ronaldo but one less than the current World Player of the Year who currently tops the Spanish scoring charts on eight goals, alongside his teammate Luis Suarez.
The minutes-per-goal ratio, which allows for differences in game time, shows that Messi has been the most prolific this term, scoring once every 83 minutes, whereas Hazard averages a goal every 131 minutes, which in turn is five minutes less than Real's all-time top scorer.
Hazard's wonderful start to the campaign is highlighted by the fact, according to statistics provided by Opta, he's created 20 chances this term, which is four more than Barcelona's Argentinian magician and 12 more than Ronaldo.
Hazard thriving under Conte
So, Hazard, who has reinvented himself in a 3-4-3 system for both club and country, has produced numbers thus far which more than match up against Leo and Cristiano - who have won the last eight Ballon d'Or awards between them.
In an interview with The Guardian this week, Hazard revealed that, if he were to leave Stamford Bridge, it would only be after winning another league title, and that determination will no doubt please Chelsea supporters.
The Belgian, who has officially taken over from Vincent Kompany as his country's captain, scored during the international break and will be looking to continue his sensational form when Chelsea travel to Middlesbrough on Sunday.
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