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Barcelona legend Puyol: Hazard not close to Messi level

Barcelona legend Carles Puyol says Chelsea ace Eden Hazard is well away from matching his former teammate Leo Messi.

Puyol does not think Hazard should be held in the same esteem as Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.

“I don't think he's at their level yet," Puyol told Sky Sports. “We are talking about incredible players.

“It's not just one season, they have been at the maximum level for 10 years now.

“For me, Messi is the best player in the world and in history.

“It's impressive what he's doing every year at an exceptionally high level, breaking records, getting better and better in more aspects of his game.

“So to compare him with Messi or Ronaldo is difficult, but Eden Hazard is a fantastic player.

“He's a player who makes the difference and has plenty of time to grow."

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