- Ross Barkley believes Eden Hazard is currently ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
- The former Everton ace insists an 'unselfish' Hazard is the world’s best player now
- The Belgian playmaker was in scoring form for Chelsea in Wednesday's win over Liverpool
Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley believes Belgian teammate Eden Hazard is currently ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the running for the world’s best player due to his act of unselfishness.
According to a UK Guardian report, the former Everton ace Barkley, who is now in his second season at Stamford Bridge, insists the current form of Hazard exceeds the rating of Messi and Ronaldo.
“Oh God, you see him do that every day in training so you’re not surprised when you see him do it in a game like that but what a goal. He’s one of the best players in the world and he shows it. He’s been showing it for the last five or six years and he is establishing himself in the top three players in the world. At the minute, he’s probably the best player in the world, the way he is playing,” he said.
Speaking further Barkley maintained that Hazard now ranks among the best players that include Messi and Ronaldo.
“Of course. They are probably a lot more selfish than Eden is. He is not a selfish player. He is happy getting two assists and the team winning. He is adding goals and he keeps improving … At the minute, he is the best player in the world, I believe.
“He is capable of producing magic at any moment in the game. He keeps defenders on the back foot and sometimes you see him attracting two or three players and that creates space for others, like myself, our other wingers and the strikers. When he gets closed down, he opens up space for others,” noted the 24-year-old midfielder Barkley.
Both teams are expected to ring changes in their squad ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, but Barkley is upbeat Wednesday’s victory will put Chelsea in the driving seat.
“That will give us a lot of confidence for the weekend,” he said, even as he was quick to speak about his future and progress under new Blues boss, Maurizio Sarri.
“I have got a platform,” said Barkley. “I am at a massive club in Chelsea and we are going to challenge for all the titles this season. I believe that. I want to let my feet do the talking for my club and, if that happens, I believe I will be back on the international scene sooner rather than later,” submitted Barkley, who suffered various degree of injury, since June 2017.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Chelsea have qualified for the next round of the 2018 Carabao Cup after coming from behind to beat Premier League rivals Liverpool 2-1 on Wednesday night, September 26.
Liverpool would have themselves to blame not to have won this encounter as they allowed Chelsea to score two goals that sent them out of the championship.
The first half ended goalless as both teams failed to find the back of the net at the Anfield Stadium.
But Liverpool scored their goal in the 59th minute when Naby Keita located Englishman Daniel Sturridge with a brilliant pass, and he wasted no time sending Caballero the wrong direction.
Chelsea came back into the game in the 79th minute as Emerson Palmieri restored parity for the Blues before Eden Hazard came off the bench to score the winning goal for the Blues in the 86th minute.
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