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Filipe Luis Names Eden Hazard In 'Top Three Footballers On Earth' As Cristiano Ronaldo Is Left Out

Filipe Luis Names Eden Hazard In 'Top Three Footballers On Earth' As Cristiano Ronaldo Is Left Out

Real Madrid flop Eden Hazard has been branded as one of the top three footballers in the world right now ahead of Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

That's according to former Atletico Madrid star Filipe Luis, who played alongside Hazard during his brief spell at Chelsea.

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho signed Luis from Atletico in a £15.8m deal in 2014.

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Luis captured both the Premier League title and League Cup trophy in the 2014-15 season before he was axed from Stamford Bridge.

The 35-year-old Brazilian left-back was left in awe at Hazard's form during Chelsea's title-winning season.

However, Luis did admit that the 30-year-old Belgian winger "didn't train well" and he would be "playing Mario Kart in the dressing room" five minutes before a match.

The Flamengo defender believes that Hazard, who has struggled at Madrid, is still one of the best players in the world alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi.

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Luis told The Daily Mail: "Eden along with Neymar are the best players I have ever played alongside -- up there with Messi.

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"He didn't train well, five minutes before the game he would be playing Mario Kart in the dressing room.

"He would warm-up without tying his bootlaces up.

"But then no-one could take the ball off of him. He would dribble past three or four players and win games on his own.

"Hazard has so much talent.

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"Perhaps he lacks a little bit of ambition to say, 'I am going to be the best player in the world.' Because he could be."

Hazard left Chelsea in 2019 as he completed a sensational £88m move to Los Blancos.

But the Belgium international has failed to replicate his Chelsea form at Madrid as he has been sidelined through various injuries.

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Hazard, who is expected to return from a muscle injury next month, has only scored three times in 13 appearances across all competitions this season.

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Topics: Eden Hazard, Football, Serie A, Flamengo, Juventus, Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid, Italy

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