I usually would never share content from an ESPNFC article cough cough sell outs nudge nudge. That said, this little snippet from the Golden Boy is top notch. What a humble but graceful little bloke. One day he might become a lethal goal-scorer and earn a Ballon D’or?? Never say never. Ever, ever.
In my semi-professional opinion, no one will ever be more electrifying than Ronaldinho was in his prime. He was the Deion Sanders of the “phooty-sphere”. On his day Hazard is at the same level, however, consistency remains to be the big red flag for the prodigal son.
His last remark about the ball is pure genius. At least the ball never lies!!!
“For me, the real artists are [Zinedine] Zidane and Ronaldinho. [Juan Roman] Riquelme as well for the way he moves and passes the ball,” Hazard said.
“And then there is Messi. What he does with the ball is something else. I do not see myself at that level. It is up to others to make such comments. I am not going to proclaim myself an artist like him.
“I just want to bring happiness to the fans. The people who come to the stadium want to enjoy themselves and see a spectacle. It is up to us, the players, to make them happy.
“I have been a creative player ever since I was a child. You cannot practice it. Of course, I have worked hard to get where I am, but it is a skill I have that I have improved. It is natural to me. But you have to do it at the right time.
“The ball is my friend. We go way back. He is my most faithful friend. I caress the ball, but that is not always easy when I dribble. I can caress it when I shoot, like Thierry Henry. I can treat the ball like a woman, like a friend, like an elderly person.”