What Puyol Has Said About Hazard And Messi Is Spot On
Carles Puyol rates Eden Hazard very highly. But, he's explained how you can't compare him to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Chelsea's brilliant No.10 has starred for his side this season, and the defending Premier League champions will need him at his absolute best if they want to book a spot in the Champions League quarter-final.
Though, Chelsea travel to Barcelona with Lionel Messi in scintillating form.
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The Argentine ace has weighed in with an incredible 32 goals so far this campaign.
He'll be looking to add to his tally, tonight. Just like Hazard who's bagged three goals in the Champions League.
And ahead of the last 16 second leg, Puyol insists Hazard isn't, yet, on the same level as Messi and Ronaldo.
"I don't think he's at their level yet," he told Sky Sports.
"We are talking about incredible players. It's not just one season, they have been at the maximum level for 10 years now.
Messi isn't just the best player in the world, but in history according to the Barcelona icon.
"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.
Puyol added: "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.
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