Pedro beleives Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard can be as good as Lionel Messi

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A disappointing 2015/16 campaign for Hazard largely quelled the comparisons being made following the stellar season he has prior to that.

However, despite that loss of form Pedro, who has played alongside both, believes the Belgium international has what it takes.

"When it comes to Messi, we are talking about a player I believe is still the best in the world. He really is on a different level to other players," Pedro said.

"But Hazard is a very, very good player, you can see his technique is excellent and he has shown everything at Chelsea. He is still young, so he is going to continue improving to one day be among the very best in the world.

"It's always going to be difficult to compete with a player of Lionel’s ability, but Eden has all the qualities to do exactly that.

"He has that ability and talent to stand out from the crowd, to make the difference and be decisive. When you see him produce moments of magic, it is easy to draw comparisons with Messi.

"Everyone should be patient and forget what happened to him last season. The whole team struggled, not just Eden. You just need to look in the past and see everything he's achieved for Chelsea and look forward to him doing it again in the future."