Eden Hazard

You may have probably heard this before but Ashley Cole has now explained it better. The former Chelsea star has given his take on Eden Hazard not fulfilling his potential.

Remember when Jose Mourinho once said that Eden Hazard should be in the same conversations as the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but was too lazy to train?

Hazard’s former teammate at Chelsea, Ashley Cole, who was one of the most fabulous left-backs in the Premier League, has echoed Mourinho’s thoughts on the Belgian.

“He should have been the best player in the world,” Cole told the Athletic.

“That little spell where Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or – that should have been Eden Hazard. But he lives his life to be happy. To be content. And there’s plenty to be said for that.

“He’s a beautiful artist. The best I ever played with. He’s not got the mindset of a Ronaldo or a Messi, and that’s fine.

“He’s given so much joy to Lille and Chelsea fans over the years, and won so many trophies that he should be proud. He achieved it all playing with a smile on his face, enjoying himself.

“I know Real Madrid hasn’t worked out, but there is no call for regrets.

“He couldn’t have lived a life like Cristiano Ronaldo. You know, ice baths at 1am and all that… that’s not him.

“If he had, he probably would have won every personal award out there. But Eden did things his way.

“He’s a family man, and there’s a real balance to be struck in terms of sporting greatness and your life off the pitch,” Cole concluded.

Up next for Hazard’s Real Madrid is a LaLiga trip to Vallecano this weekend.

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