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Jose’s Ballon d’Or baloney about Hazard is way off the mark

| 29.01.2014

The king of tongue-in-cheek himself, Jose Mourinho, has been at it again with his latest comments regarding Chelsea star Eden Hazard’s future claims on FIFA’s Ballon D’or.

Chelsea’s flying Belgian winger is fast becoming the new darling of Stamford Bridge with his dazzling performances from the left-flank, while 11 goals in all competitions also makes him the Blues’ sharpest shooter this season so far.

For this reason, it’s no surprise to see his manger talking up Hazard whenever he gets the chance, though it’s a little early for Mourinho to suggest his path to the Ballon D’or could be blocked by politics when he still has so much more to prove on the pitch.

Speaking ahead of the West Ham game where Chelsea are the 1/5 favourites, Mourinho said: “I don’t think it’s possible for Eden to be top scorer in the league. That normally affects people’s judgement.

But if he can be a match-winner, a player with high performances during a season… without injuries, Messi and Ronaldo start and finish strong, players with big stability in their performances.

“But if he wants the Ballon d’Or, he must build the entourage politically for that. Without the entourage and the politics, he doesn’t get the Ballon d’Or. It’s a different story.”

Although Mourinho may have been talking about the future, Hazard’s exploits are still some way short of the bracket just behind the undisputed world’s best paring of Messi and Ronaldo.

While the likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Gareth Bale are still smashing the stats left-right-and-centre and have far greater claims than the Belgian at this point.

Nice try Jose.

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Christian Crowther

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