Barcelona legend Carles Puyol was asked whether he thought Chelsea forward Eden Hazard could reach the level of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Speaking ahead of the game between Barcelona and Chelsea, Puyol admitted that the Chelsea star is a quality player but he’s still behind Messi and Ronaldo who have been at the top for a decade now.
“I don’t think he’s at their level yet,” he said. “We are talking about incredible players.
“It’s not just one season, they have been at the maximum level for 10 years now.
“For me, Messi is the best player in the world and in history.
“It’s impressive what he’s doing every year at an exceptionally high level, breaking records, getting better and better in more aspects of his game.
“So to compare him with Messi or Ronaldo is difficult, but Eden Hazard is a fantastic player.
“He’s a player who makes the difference and has plenty of time to grow.”