Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has been hailed as “the best in the Premier League” after he beat former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s goalscoring record.
Hazard scored two fantastic goals against London rivals West Ham United on Monday evening as the Blues keep in the hunt for a top-four finish.
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- Eden Hazard scored in both halves of Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League win over West Ham United.
- The Belgian dribbled past the majority of the Hammers midfield and defence to calmly place his first effort past Łukasz Fabiański.
- His second sealed the win and marked Hazard’s 85th goal in the Premier League.
- Monday’s double saw Hazard beat the amount that former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo scored in England’s top division.
- Hazard has been heavily linked with a move to Ronaldo’s former club Real Madrid this summer.
Hazard’s first goal had most viewers watching in awe as he danced around and through a crowded West Ham defence to put the west Londoners in the lead.
It was his 84th strike in the Premier League for Chelsea, matching the total Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Manchester United between 2003-2009.
He went one better late in the game, blasting past Fabianski to secure his side a vital three points and secure his place above Ronaldo in the Premier League goalscoring charts.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville spoke on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, admitting that Hazard’s first goal was something really special.
Neville said: “The change of direction at that speed is the worst thing you can play against. To be fair, I don’t know of many players in the last 20-25 years who have got ability to do that.
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“It is absolutely amazing that goal. Balance, speed, strength, everything. Composure at the end. Really, really special. An incredible goal, only a few players in the world could score that goal and we’ve got one of them in the Premier League.
“Hopefully we don’t lose him.”
Neville wasn’t the only person to marvel at the genius provided by Hazard, with a number of individuals offering the Belgian praise following his first-half strike.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 8, 2019
Quite simply the best player in the league @hazardeden10
— Jody Morris (@morriskid) April 8, 2019
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 8, 2019
He honestly is one of the best – Hazard 🔥😍 @ChelseaFC
— Fran Kirby (@frankirby) April 8, 2019
— Vidit (@CescToEden) April 8, 2019
Hazard said he was going to stop knee sliding after goals.
*Scores an absolute GOLAZO*
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) April 8, 2019
The knee-slide is back!
The Chelsea star finished his first goal with expertise and clearly felt that it was worthy enough to bring one of his old goal celebrations out of “retirement”.
In October 2018, Hazard admitted that his habit of sliding on his knees following netting for the Blues was causing them to feel like they were “on fire”, prompting the former Lille man to “retire” from knee-sliding for good.
He said: “Look, look, the celebration – the sliding knee. I need to stop this.
“My knees – they are on fire! No more of this celebration.”
However, his strike on Monday saw the celebration return. His knees may be on fire but so is his form this season.