​Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has played down suggestions that he is on the same level as five-time Ballon d'Or winner and "artist" Lionel Messi, and insists his main focus is to please watching fans. 


The Belgian has rediscovered the form he displayed in Chelsea's last title winning campaign back in the 2014/2015 season, where Hazard was also named PFA Player of the year. 

With 11 goals to his name this year, the attacking midfielder has been an instrumental component of the Blues' side that currently stand seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.


As Hazard continues to be linked with a world record move to Real Madrid at the end of the season, comparisons are being made between the Belgium international and Barcelona star Lionel Messi. 


Hazard's incredible ball control and vision certainly has similarities to that displayed by Messi, however, in an interview with France Football, via FourFourTwo, the Chelsea man has denied he is on the Argentine's level.

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"What he [Messi] does with the ball is something else. I do not see myself at that level. It is up to others to make such comments. I am not going to proclaim myself an artist like him.


"I just want to bring happiness to the fans. The people who come to the stadium want to enjoy themselves and see a spectacle. It is up to us, the players, to make them happy."


As speculation surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge intensifies, Hazard's importance to Chelsea could well land him a new £300k-per-week offer from the Chelsea hierarchy.

Whilst that figure would easily make him the highest paid player at the club, the 26-year-old insists that his main focus is to satisfy the fans that watch him. 


Hazard added: "I have been a creative player ever since I was a child. You cannot practice it. Of course, I have worked hard to get where I am, but it is a skill I have that I have improved. It is natural to me. But you have to do it at the right time."


The former Lille star also named his "real artists" of football apart from Messu, which included a player each from Spanish rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid.


"For me, the real artists are (Zinedine) Zidane and Ronaldinho. (Juan Roman) Riquelme as well for the way he moves and passes the ball."