Former West Ham goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop has named five players that are better of than Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
The players he mentioned are Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale of Real Madrid and Paris Saints-Germain stars, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
This was in a reaction to a claim made by Maurizio Sarri that Hazard was the best player in Europe after the Belgian scored a hat-trick against Cardiff City on Saturday where the Blues record an emphatic 4-1 victory.
Hislop noted that Hazard belongs to the third tier of football. According to him, Ronaldo and Messi occupy the first tier while the trio of Mbappe, Neymar, and Bale occupy the second tier.
“I understand where Sarri’s coming from and I understand why he’s saying that,” Hislop told ESPN.
“It is his player after all and it was Cardiff after all.
“Don’t get me wrong, he is one of the best players in European football.
“There is a tier that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo sit on.
“And then just below them you’ve got Mbappe and Bale and Neymar. Hazard I think is just outside of that.
“This is no disrespect to Eden Hazard, these are some of the best players the world has ever seen.
“He’s just outside of that and certainly in English football, there are few players who can individually change a game, who can take a game by the scruff of the neck and the opposition have little that they can do about it, like Eden Hazard.
“But like I say, there are those who are maybe just on a tier just above.
“Hazard is close but not there just yet.”