Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has argued that Chelsea forward Hazard is ahead of Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo and should be among the top three in the world.
Ronaldo and Messi have shared the Ballon D’or in recent years as they score hundred goals in the La Liga, but Mourinho points to a lack of trophies at Madrid last season for the reason his compatriot has slipped behind.
Hazard was voted the league’s best player in the 2014-15 season as Chelsea eased their way to the trophy, and Mourinho thinks he should be recognized appropriately.
“Obviously it depends on the season they have,” he said to the press of the world’s best players. “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.
“Last season, yes,” Mourinho continued when asked if Hazard had a better season than Ronaldo, “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.
“Eden is coming with big status now and was voted one of the top 10 players in Europe last year. In my opinion he should be in the top three not in the top 10.
“I think Eden is the best player in our country. The best player in England. [The Football Writers Association] voted him, too, the best player in the Premier League. As the Premier League is the top competition in the world, I think he is among the top players.”