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‘Eden Hazard would’ve become the world’s best player at Barcelona’

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Hazard’s former agent has explained why the Belgian would’ve been better off at Barcelona than Real Madrid.

Eden Hazard would’ve become the world’s best player had he joined Barcelona instead of Real Madrid, says John Bico.

Bico, who represented Hazard as his agent until 2013, reckons the former Chelsea winger joined Real Madrid a year too late. He believes it left him with an impossible task of filling the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.

“It was a mistake to go to Real [Madrid] at that time, it was a choice from the heart but for no clear reason,” Bico told Derniere Heure.

“He should have left a year earlier. Going [to Real Madrid] after [Ronaldo] is like climbing the Himalayas with bare hands.

“I would have discouraged him by telling him to go to Madrid the year before.”

Bico also opened up on how Real Madrid’s physical approach to their style is not suited for a player like Hazard or James Rodriguez, who left the club for Premier League side Everton last year.

He instead suggested Barcelona’s style would’ve been a better fit and allowed Hazard to reach his full potential.

“People do not realise and forget the size of this club, who have a style that demands a lot of physicality in terms of pace and intensity,” said Bico.

“Talents like James have not been able to adapt. At this point, Eden is not a Real Madrid player, rather a Barcelona player.

“Barcelona is where he should have gone, where the ball runs faster than the players.

“At Barcelona he would have had more freedom on the pitch, he would have had the ball constantly at his feet. There, he would have become the best player in the world.”

Hazard will hope to make his mark on Tuesday night for Real Madrid’s first leg against old club Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals.