• ‘Unselfish’ Hazard the world’s best player now, Barkley says
• Belgian scores goals like at Anfield ‘every day in training’
Ross Barkley has claimed Eden Hazard’s unselfishness gives him the edge over Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and the mantle of best player in the world on current form.
The Chelsea forward struck a stunning individual goal to inflict a first defeat of the season on Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, beating four players before converting in the 85th minute at Anfield. It was the 27-year-old’s sixth goal in seven games for Maurizio Sarri’s side and prompted Gianfranco Zola, Chelsea’s assistant manager, to describe Hazard as one of the finest players on the planet.