Eden Hazard aims to challenge Messi and Ronaldo

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard wants to join Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as one of the world’s leading players.

The Belgian has been in blistering form this season, scoring 11 goals in 34 appearances, but is not content with sitting on his laurels.

The Primera Division pair have won the last six Ballons d’Or between them and Hazard is keen to replicate their incredible attacking statistics.

“These players are the best on the planet,” he told the BBC’s ‘Football Focus’.

“They score one, two, three goals every game. It’s something you’ve got to aim for – to go up to get to their level. They are obviously top, top level players.”

The 23-year-old believes that he is already on his way to the upper echelons of the game but accepts that catching the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars at the pinnacle will require plenty more work.

“I’d probably say I’m up there with some of the best but we’ve got to realise there are lots and lots of good players in the world,” Hazard continued.

“To get to their level, it’s a case of working hard every day in training, enjoying myself and expressing myself as much as I can on the football field.

“What I would like to do is shed the adjective ‘young’ because that would mean I’ve crossed that barrier and gone one step further in my career.”