Chelsea star claims he is closer to Messi than Ronaldo

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has stated his belief that his style of play is more reminiscent of Lionel Messi than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Belgian international Hazard has been in quite sensational form for the Blues this season, with the sheer dominance and frequency of such displays leading to some fans suggesting that he could one day merit the same sort of adulation as is now routinely lavished on the aforementioned La Liga duo.

"If I had to choose, I’d say by my body type and style of playing means I’m closer to Messi," Hazard told Sport magazine in an interview that was cited by talkSPORT.

"Ronaldo is more of an athlete – he’s good at everything. He runs fast, he’s strong. So I would say I’m closer to Messi. But obviously I don’t score as many goals as he does.“

The 23-year-old - who joined Chelsea from Lille during the summer of 2012 - has previously claimed that he is as good as Messi and Ronaldo were at his age and is evidently in no doubt about what he now has to do to go on and reach that same world-class level.

"Consistency. Being able to be at the same level with the same impact on the game for 90 minutes, to be more decisive and make the exact right move at the right moment. And obviously to score as many goals as possible."

With 14 strikes in 33 Premier League games this season, Hazard is right that he will need to find a way to boost his scoring output if he is to truly progress and emulate arguably the two greatest footballers to grace the modern game.

And while he has proved his obvious importance to Chelsea and Jose Mourinho during a stellar 2013/14 season to date, Hazard will have a further chance to comprehensively demonstrate his considerable worth as the club chase a Premier League/Champions League double in the coming weeks.

But whether he remains at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer is a matter seemingly up for intense debate, with Paris-Saint Germain - who Chelsea beat in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night - linked heavily with a move for the £50 million-rated talent.

Chelsea fans will be desperate to see him stay and will be have presumably been buoyed by last month's reports that the club were pondering offering Hazard an extension to his current £185,000-per-week deal.

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