Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel recalled his former teammate Eden Hazard in an interview and accused the Belgian of a lack of training. Mikel and today’s Real-Star Hazard once played together at Chelsea.
“I’ve always said that he was one of the most talented players ever. He has everything, speed, strength and technique. He was close behind [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, “said Mikel The Athletic .
According to Mikel, today’s Real star also dreamed of reaching the level of the two exceptional players. “He said: ‘I want to be as good as the two of them – and I can do that too. Maybe not as good as Messi because he’s from another planet, but I can get close to Cristiano’s level or even get better!'” , Mikel remembered words that “came straight out of his mouth”.
Hazard’s problem, however, was the lack of diligence in training: “He lacked the necessary dedication,” continues Mikel. “He’s definitely not one of the hardest-working players I’ve met. My God, Eden! He was so good back then, that’s why nobody said anything. On Mondays and Tuesdays he just stood around in training, on the weekends he played the games for won us. Some people have so much talent, “he concluded.
His strong performance with the Blues prompted Real Madrid to transfer 115 million euros to London in the summer of 2019. There he has not yet been able to meet the high expectations – also due to many injuries.