Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has made a mockery of claims that Chelsea star Eden Hazard is at the same level as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
Chelsea and Barcelona of course just faced each other in the Champions League last 16, with the La Liga leaders triumphing 4-1 on aggregate.
Hazard struggled to impact the game in the 1-1 first leg at Stamford Bridge playing as a false nine. Then last night during his sides 3-0 defeat the Belgium international failed to reach the kind of level of performance we regularly see in the Premier League.
Messi on the other hand was Barca’s key man over both legs, scoring in the first leg and then last night, he again proved why he is regarded as one of the finest players to have ever played the game. The Argentina international was in sensational form, scoring his 99th and 100th Champions League goals and also supplying a sublime assist for Ousmane Dembele.
Speaking to ITV after the game Keane laughed when he heard of the comparisons between the two players and said:
“He can be very, very good but to me there are just too many off days where h’s just not up to it,”
“If you’re trying to compare him to Messi – he’s way behind him.”
“Messi and Ronaldo have been doing it year after year. They always seem to be fit. They play 50 or 60 games a season and they produce week in, week out.
“These other players that we are talking about don’t.”