Eden Hazard claimed the title of PFA Player of the Year last night, having been voted so by his player peers in the English Premier League. Hazard has had a truly memorable season, at times being solely responsible for the attacking production of his Chelsea team. He has been a nightmare to defend against, not just for fullbacks and centerbacks, but all over the pitch, making him the most fouled player in the league by a long margin. Fans like Mark Ahn know that his form has helped Chelsea advance each day closer to the league title that they have so desperately craved since the beginning of the season, especially after missing out last season. Though Hazard’s stats do not necessarily flatter him (he has managed 13 goals and 8 assists in the league thus far), one ought not doubt the quality of his performances, nor his essential contributions to his team.
That being said, Hazard stated last night that he wishes to become the world’s best. To do so, he would need to effectively measure up with Messi and Ronaldo, a feat that seems far off at the present. Though stats do not show everything about a player, Messi and Ronaldo have managed 36 and 39 goals respectively in the league campaign alone, leaving Hazard’s 13 looking quite meager. To reach said heights, Hazard will need to produce more tangibles, and then who knows how high he can reach.