- Joe Cole is clearly not hiding who his two favourite players of all time are
- The ex-England midfielder said he would pay just to watch Hazard and Messi
- Cole had spells with West, Chelsea, Liverpool and a loan spell with Lille
Joe Cole has revealed he would only pay to watch Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
The former Chelsea midfielder had a loan spell with Lille in the 2011-12 where he featured alongside Hazard before the Belgian became a world class player.
Cole played with and against some of the world's best stars during his spells with West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool.
But the 37-year-old believes only one other player can match Hazard pound for pound in every sense.
Cole said: “There’s not many players in the world I’d pay to watch. Probably two — and that’s Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard.
“Eden mesmerises you with what he can do with the ball.
“When he or Messi plays you just see the beauty of football.
“Sometimes with other greats you see the strain. Some people like the idea of that but with those two they make it seem easy. Footballers first, athletes second.
“If I was down to my last few pounds and I had to pay to take my kids to watch a player it would be Messi and Hazard.
“I remember at Lille’s training ground seeing Hazard score the best goal I’ve ever seen. He might not even remember but I do.
“I think the manager had left him out for a game for some reason. We played an 11-a-side and it was the first time I’ve ever seen Eden play angry.
“He picked up the ball from the full-back position, drove past three or four players and hit a shot similar to Ronaldo’s one against Porto which just arrowed in.
“There aren’t many moments in your career where a goal stops training and everyone just applauds. Still to this day it’s the best goal I can recall.
“Anyway, he was back in the team for the next game.”
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Hazard made a £32million move to Chelsea in 2012 owing his talent and sublime skill as well as a little bit of help from Cole.
Now, seven years on, the Belgian captain looks set to leave Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid in the summer for a £100m and if he move, he will be playing against Messi.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Willy Caballero has been rewarded with a year contract by Premier League side Chelsea for their 2019-2020 campaign.
The 37-year-old's present deal expired at the end of the season but the Argentine international will remain at Stamford Bridge for one more season.
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