The Chelsea manager is adamant that one cannot be considered the best player around without winning trophies each season and hails his star forward as being in the top three
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard should be considered in the top three players in the world – and is ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo at present, argues manager Jose Mourinho .
Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have split the Ballon d’Or between them in recent years as they score hundreds of goals in La Liga but the Blues boss points to a lack of trophies for Real Madrid last season as a reason why his fellow Portuguese has slipped a little behind.
Hazard was voted the Premier League’s best player in 2014-15 as Chelsea romped to the title and Mourinho thinks that he should be recognised appropriately.
“Obviously it depends on the season they have,” he said to the press of the world’s best players. “They have to win some titles, no? Football without titles is nothing.
“Messi won the treble. He won three competitions last year, he reached the Copa America final. He had a fantastic season for him and for his team. I don’t like players or managers to win individual trophies without the team.
“Last season, yes,” Mourinho continued when asked if Hazard had a better season than Ronaldo, “in spite of the fact that Ronaldo was fantastic. He was fantastic. He scored an incredible number of goals.
“I am not saying he is not fantastic. I am just saying that, in my personal view, every football player in the world should understand that a team has to be in front and no titles.
“Eden is coming with big status now and was voted one of the top 10 players in Europe last year. In my opinion he should be in the top three not in the top 10.
“I think Eden is the best player in our country. The best player in England. [The Football Writers Association] voted him, too, the best player in the Premier League. As the Premier League is the top competition in the world, I think he is among the top players.”