Eden Hazard, Chelsea star, has been revealed by Sports Data as the player that is most similar to Barcelona's genius talisman Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has been in fantastic form for Barca and finished the season with 36 goals winning the Pichichi trophy for the sixth time.
According to Sportskeeda, Sport in conjunction with Driblab analysed 12 parameters covering over 71,600 players across 2,300 teams and the player most similar to Messi was Hazard, with a 92.7% match.
The parameters considered were participation in play, shots taken, goals scored per shots taken, touches in the opposition box, expected goals per game.
The data also took into consideration expected assists per game, key passes, completed shots, pressing, and times the ball is lost.
France World Cup winner and PSG striker Kylian Mbappe was runners up with a 91.3% match while Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero finished third with 91.1% similarity.
Interestingly, Hazard is strongly linked with a move away from Chelsea to Real Madrid, and it is no wonder Zinedine Zidane sees the Belgian as the perfect replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Paris Saint Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe believed Lionel Messi is the only player who deserved to win the Ballon d'Or award this year.
The Barcelona captain has already scored 50 goals and 15 assists in all competitions this season, and will have a chance to increase the tally when he leads his side against Valencia for the Copa Del Rey title this month.
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