Chelsea star wants to challenge Messi and Ronaldo

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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has set himself the formidable task of replicating the goalscoring feats of Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, stating that he must find the net more regularly.

Hazard scored 13 times in all competitions for Chelsea during his first season with the club following his £32 million transfer from Lille, while the Belgium international also contributed 20 assists.

The 22-year-old, however, is inspired by the achievements of Messi and Ronaldo and will strive to reach greater goalscoring heights in his second campaign with Chelsea, during which the mentor of the former - Jose Mourinho - takes charge at Stamford Bridge.

"This season I gave a lot of assists but next season I want to score more goals … I want to score 50 or 60 like [Lionel] Messi or [Cristiano] Ronaldo," Hazard told The Guardian.

"I lack that killer instinct. Messi and Ronaldo are born to score, it's in their nature but I still choose the nice dribble or the beautiful pass too often. I have to shoot more."

Messi and Ronaldo shared 115 goals across all competitions last term, with the Argentine scoring 60 times for Barcelona and the Portuguese registering 55 strikes for the Mourinho led Real Madrid.

Hazard will have some way to go next season if he is to get anywhere near Messi or Ronaldo in the goalscoring charts, but can take heart from the fact Mourinho has taken credit of sorts for the potency of the latter.

Mourinho claims the tactics adopted by Real Madrid made it easier for Ronaldo to score regularly, with the 28-year-old recording 168 goals during the Chelsea manager's three seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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