‘Hazard behind Messi & Ronaldo because he is unselfish’

The Belgium international forward is held in the highest regard by a Watford playmaker who will be going head-to-head with the Blues star on Sunday

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard only sits behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the global pecking order because he is “unselfish”, says Watford midfielder Will Hughes.

“The reason he’s not talked about like Messi and Ronaldo is because he’s unselfish, he’d rather pass it to a team-mate, which people don’t notice as much.

“They’re a quality team with great players, so we have to be on our game 100 per cent, but we know we’ve got good players as well who can hurt them.

“They’ve got pressures themselves, they want to be in the top four so they have massive things to play for, but we do too and we’re going to go there and treat it as a big game.”

Hazard and Chelsea have worked themselves in the Champions League places.