When Eden Hazard opted to leave Chelsea and fulfill his dream of playing for Real Madrid over signing a contract extension at Stanford Bridge, while Chelsea fans were in tears that their talismanic forward was leaving, Real Madrid fans were in high spirits as they knew who was coming.
However, it has been more of a nightmare than the expected fairytale for Hazard upon his signing for the Spanish giants. During the summer in which Hazard moved to Madrid, the Belgian forward joined his new teammates appearing overweight, and that’s where all the criticism started from. Continue reading VERMAELEN DEFENDS HAZARD, SAYS HIS INJURY CRISES NOT HIS FAULT
Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has said that Lionel Messi is on a different level to Eden Hazard despite the latter becoming the go-to player in the Chelsea ranks. The former Arsenal man is set to return to London this week when the Catalan giants face-off against the Blues in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg.
In an interview with The Guardian, the experienced centre-back was asked to compare the individual abilities of Hazard and Messi. Though he initially admitted that there are similarities in their style of play, the 32-year-old stressed it is difficult to place him into the calibre of Messi, who has five Ballon d’Or titles to his name.
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