Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken a pop at Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo by claiming Eden Hazard had a better season than him last year.
The Blues won the title ahead of Manchester City, with Hazard playing a key role. Ronaldo, meanwhile, was part of a Madrid side that started the season strongly, winning the European Super Cup and World Club Cup, but faded at the end and missed out on both the Champions League and La Liga.
On a personal level, Ronaldo netted a career best 61 goals for his club last season. Hazard scored 19 goals in all competitions – just two more than Gareth Bale – the much criticised Welsh forward.
But speaking to the Guardian, Mourinho said team honours were the most important factor, meaning Hazard was better than the Portuguese forward overall.
“Cristiano third best? I think so. I don’t like players or managers to win individual trophies without the team. Last season, yes. In spite of the fact that Ronaldo was fantastic. He was fantastic. He scored an incredible number of goals. I am not saying he is not fantastic. I am just saying that, in my personal view, every football player in the world should understand that a team has to be in front and no titles [are important],” he commented.