Former Chelsea midfielder Obi Mikel recalls when Eden Hazard once said he wanted to be better than Ronaldo but reveals he was just too lazy. There is no doubt Eden is a genius to the extent he thought he could be better than Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the Belgian lacked dedication and didn’t train well, according to the Nigerian.
He also revealed that nobody dared to say anything to Eden Hazard then because he was always winning the games for his team.
“I’ve always said that Eden Hazard is one of the most gifted players, he had it all: speed, power, skill, technique. He was right behind Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But only when he wanted to,” Hazard’s former Chelsea teammate, John Obi Mikel told The Athletic.
“He sometimes said: ‘Yes. I want to be as good, I can be. Not as good as Messi because he is from another planet, but I think I can be close to Ronaldo and even better.’ Those were the words that came out of his mouth, but he is not that dedicated.”
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Mikel, who currently plays for English Championship side Stoke City also revealed that Real Madrid’s no 7 doesn’t always train well.
“He doesn’t train well, he’s the worst player when it comes to training that I’ve ever known.”
“Why is he so bad? My God. Eden, Eden, Eden … ahhhh. Because he was so good that nobody said anything. He would arrive on Saturday and win the game for us, he was the man of the match. But on Monday and on Tuesday, he was in training and it was like he wasn’t there,” he added. “Standing, wandering. Everybody fighting, screaming in the training matches and he didn’t do any of that. But you saw him on the pitch, how good he was… It is not fair that some people have so much talent!”
Even though Eden Hazard’s career is not yet over, it’s very difficult to imagine the Belgian coming close to Ronaldo in terms of achievements. The winger’s move to Real Madrid has proven to be a disaster as he has spent most of his time on the sidelines.
Since joining Los Blancos, Eden Hazard has only featured in 36 games, registering four goals and seven assists.