Chelsea star Eden Hazard believes Barcelona icon Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer on the planet.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the last two Ballon d’or awards but Hazard who has been linked with Real Madrid in recent times maintain that Messi is the greatest.
Hazard and Messi will come face-to-face when the sides first meet at Stamford Bridge on February 20 in the Champions League round of 16, and the Belgian is relishing the chance to test his wits against the best.
Asked about Chelsea’s upcoming clash with Barca, he told Mundo Deportivo: ‘Of course, when you are playing football you want to play against the best.
‘The best team, the best players in the world. Messi is the best player in the world.
‘In the last 15 years, there hasn’t been a team like Barca and there also hasn’t been a player like Messi.’