Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard puts Brazilians Ronaldinho and Robinho amongst his idols
The Belgian midfielder also listed Zidane, Henry and Riquelme among his five most revered players.
The 23-year-old is currently assured of a place in Chelsea’s starting line-up. In an interview with the club’s website on Friday he listed two Brazilians among the five footballers he most admires.
Brazilians Ronaldinho and Robinho appeared on the list next to the French pair Henry and Zidane as well as the Argentine Riquelme.
The international recently said that he hoped to emulate the likes of Messi and Ronaldo and challenge for the Ballon d’Or.
Having been picked as one of the 23 players in FIFA’s Select XI this year, the player knows that he will need the inspiration of his idols to get where he wants to be.
“I’m an important part of the team. I give good passes and score goals, and Chelsea have been playing well. Everybody wants more from me. I hear this every day. As a professional it’s necessary to challenge yourself every day. To look at yourself in the mirror. I rarely injure myself. I have a good diet, sleep well and relax when I need to. Nobody can argue that I don’t live for my work, because I do,” said Hazard in an interview with the Guardian newspaper last week.
Hazard’s Chelsea host Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday knowing that a win could put them top of the table.