Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed who he believes was the second best player in the world last season - and it isn't Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to Sky Sports, the Portuguese hailed Eden Hazard as having a better season than Ronaldo due to the role the Belgian played in steering the Blues to the Premier League crown, whereas Real Madrid's star man tasted only individual success, rather than with his team.
Ronaldo, though, is the reigning world's best football player having won the Ballon d'Or in January, raising questions over the integrity of Mourinho's view.
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The former Real Madrid manager said: "Last season, yes [Hazard was better]. In spite of the fact that Ronaldo was fantastic. He was fantastic. He scored an incredible number of goals.
"I am not saying he is not fantastic. I am just saying that, in my personal view, every football player in the world should understand that a team has to be in front and no titles."
Despite his praise for Hazard, Mourinho maintained that Messi is the best player in the world given his success both as a player and as part of a team.
"Obviously it depends on the season they have," he continued. "They have to win some titles, no? Football without titles is nothing. Messi won the treble.
"He won three competitions last year, he reached the Copa America final. He had a fantastic season for him and for his team. I don't like players or managers to win individual trophies without the team."
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