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What Puyol Has Said About Hazard And Messi Is Spot On

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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Credit: FC Barcelona

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.

Messi in action at Stamford Bridge. Image: PA
Messi in action at Stamford Bridge. Image: PA
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Messi celebrates scoring against Chelsea. Image: PA
Messi celebrates scoring against Chelsea. Image: PA

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.

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Ronaldo and Messi at the Best FIFA Football Awards 2017. Image: PA
Ronaldo and Messi at the Best FIFA Football Awards 2017. Image: PA

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.

Messi watches on. Image: PA
Messi watches on. Image: PA
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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.

Will Hazard reach levels of excellence like Messi or Ronaldo? Let us know what you think.

Topics: Football News, Eden Hazard, Chelsea, Football, Barcelona, Messi, Ronaldo, Carles Puyol

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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