Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has admitted he will never replicate Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi’s goal-scoring record.
The Belgian forward netted 19 times in all competitions last season in 52 games, his best return for Chelsea on the way to claiming the PFA Player of the Year crown.
He has struggled this term so far, failing to score with the Blues’ title defence getting off to a stuttering start, and insists it is “not in him” to become a 50-goal forward.
“I ask myself what I can do to become like Messi and Ronaldo, and score 50 or 60 goals in a season,” Hazard said in an interview with Sport/Foot Magazine in Belgium.
“I try but I realise that I will never be a true scorer. It is not in me. It is mainly mental.
“Sometimes, I still think after a goal, ‘that’s enough’.”
Real Madrid’s Ronaldo scored 61 goals in 54 games last season, and has 313 in just over seven seasons in the Spanish capital, while Messi netted 58 times as Barcelona won an historic treble in 2014/15.
But 24-year-old Hazard, who has averaged just under a goal in every three games since joining Chelsea, says he is happy with his current rate.
“I’m not in search of records like some other players. If I can score between 15 and 20 goals each season, I will be very happy.
“I’m at a peak of my career but I want to become even better every day. I’m not there yet.”