‘Impossible’ for Hazard to match Ronaldo at Madrid

first_imgPredrag Mijatovic does not think Eden Hazard is capable of achieving the same levels of performance as Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.The former Chelsea winger completed a big-money switch to the Bernabeu in the summer and is expected to play a key role for Zinedine Zidane’s side as they look to improve on a disappointing 2018-19 campaign.Replicating Ronaldo’s impact during his time at Madrid will be a tough ask, however, with the Juventus star having scored an incredible 450 goals in 438 games in all competitions for Los Blancos. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Hazard has yet to make his competitive debut for Real after it was announced he had suffered a hamstring injury a day before their Liga opener against Celta Vigo on August 17.Madrid won that game 3-1 despite a red card for Luka Modric, while they followed that up with a 1-1 home draw with Real Valladolid to leave them in third place in the table after two matches.With Goal having learned that Hazard is due to be sidelined for up to four weeks, he is likely to be absent again for the club’s next match against Villarreal before a possible debut after the international break against Levante on September 14.And, while Mijatovic believes that the Belgian is one of the best players in the world, it will be “impossible” for him to have the same impact as Ronaldo in the Spanish capital.He told Goal: “Hazard is a very good player, for sure. He is one of the best players in Europe. But, in my opinion, we can’t expect him to do what Cristiano Ronaldo did. In my opinion, it’s impossible – there is no player who can play like Ronaldo.”The pressure at Madrid is different to the pressure at Chelsea and you need some time to handle that.”Zidane will be hoping that the signing of Hazard in particular will help Madrid improve on their third-place finish from last season – a campaign made worse by the fact that champions Barca were 19 points ahead of them.Madrid have already had a busy summer but, with the transfer window in Spain not closing until September 2, there is also the chance for further additions, with Neymar continuing to be linked with a potential switch to the Bernabeu.And, speaking about his former side’s prospects for the 2019-20 season, Mijatovic added: “It’s still a big team, with big players. The new players who came in, they have to adapt – that’s normal at such a big club.”This season probably won’t be easy – it’s never easy at Madrid with the pressure. But I’m very optimistic that they’ll compete for titles, this won’t change.”last_img read more

‘Messi is a freak but Ronaldo the most complete player’

first_imgVirat Kohli is a superstar in his own right, with the India captain an iconic figure in the world of cricket, and he has had his say on the Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo debate.A man who would likely figure in any discussions regarding the finest batsmen of all time has been charged with the task of picking the greatest between two eternal rivals from a different sport.Kohli is a big fan of football, with inspiration taken from those who set the same standards as he does and seek to always raise the bar of individual excellence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Messi and Ronaldo certainly fall into that category having shared 10 Ballons d’Or and countless records between them.Choosing a favourite is a thankless task, with both boasting serious claims to the greatest of all time tag, but Kohli says Portuguese power trumps Argentine flair for him.He told The Times of India: “Tough question. But I would say Cristiano is the most complete player that I have seen.“Whether it’s the left foot, right foot, speed or dribbling skills, he’s amazing. I have not seen a better goalscorer.“He revolutionised the sport and everyone followed him. His place is special, but if I had to take only one in my team who will give energy and intensity, it’s Cristiano.”Virat KohliWhile placing himself in Team Ronaldo, Kohli concedes that Barcelona forward Messi is a special talent and one that sits only fractionally behind a Juventus frontman in his eyes.Kohli added: “It’s a personal preference. Messi is a freak, absolute natural talent, and his ability is second to none.“For me, what stands out is the ability or the will to put in the effort in every single minute of the game.“Ronaldo’s drive separates him from everyone else. Playing at the top level, everyone has talent, but I don’t think anyone has the will that he has.”Messi edged his latest battle with Ronaldo, as he landed the FIFA Best award for 2019, but both will soon be back chasing down another Golden Ball along with domestic and European crowns with their respective clubs.last_img read more