Last season Eden Hazard had the season of his life: he inspired Chelsea to the league title, he won the Player of the Year award and he had his most productive season in terms of goals and assists. But despite enjoying his best spell on the pitch, he scored and assisted one less goal than Gareth Bale.
The Welshman was booed on several occasions by Madrid supporters due to their unhappiness with his performances.
So if Bale's goal-scoring and assisting wasn't up the required standard out the Bernabeu when he was below par - how will Eden Hazard get on should he end up in Madrid? It doesn't bode well for the Belgian that his record season is still short of the high standards expected in the Spanish capital.
Difference in styles
There seems to be an obsession with statistics in modern football, which proves the stats comparing Hazard and Bale to be a tad unfair.
Goals and assists are a valuable asset, but those stats alone don't represent the effect a player has on their team. Hazard carried Chelsea at times; he was the man who dug them out of trouble and he was the man the team turned to when a goal was needed. Stats don't always reflect that.
Part of the criticism leveled at Bale is his uncompromising, bulldozing style. The aesthetics of football are sometimes more important than the result at Real Madrid, hence the reason why Hazard seems better suited than the Welsh international.
The Madridistas were even doubtful of Cristiano Ronaldo when he first moved to Los Blancos - obviously when he started scoring every game those doubts were put to rest.
Hazard may find La Liga easier
There are two main reasons why Bale outscored Hazard last season: Bale played in a better team that created more chances, and secondly, the difference in quality between Real and their opponents was often vast. Whilst Mourinho was stifling Hazard's creativity, Ancelotti was letting the Madrid forwards roam as free as they liked.
Benitez has replaced Ancelotti as the manager of Real Madrid, which has resulted in a stark contrast from their playing style under Ancelotti. Fortunately for Ronaldo and co, La Liga still contains teams that are simply whipping boys at the Bernabeu.
Chelsea rarely scored more than two in a game last season, whereas Real regularly hit at least five when playing at home. Hazard could easily score 20 league goals a season should he join the Spanish giants.
Chelsea will obviously be desperate to keep their prized asset, regardless of how out of form he has been this season. Whether Hazard will reciprocate their loyalty is doubtful - whenever Real Madrid go in for a player - they nearly always sign them. Should they get their man, Hazard will hope he doesn't the same treatment as the last Premier League star to join Real Madrid.
Who would you prefer to have in your team - Bale or Hazard?
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