Conte: Kante more deserving of Ballon d'Or than Hazard

Posted Diciembre 10, 2017

Speaking before Chelsea's Premier League match at West Ham, he spoke of nurturing in Hazard the "sacred fire" that drives the top players to "win, win and win". The Belgian is also reportedly keen on working with Zidane and has even rejected a new £300,000/week contract from Chelsea. I remember during the European Championship with the national team we finished first in our group and played against Spain, then Germany and, if we'd beaten Germany, we'd have to play France.

Conte also articulated how another one of his star men, Eden Hazard, could claim the top individual trophy, but only if he can develop the "sacred fire" that Ronaldo and Messi possess. If you want to go through, if you want to try to be protagonists in this tournament, you must be ready to face the best teams. With Hazard rejecting the opportunity to become the highest paid player in Chelsea, Madrid might just sign their newest galactico in the near future.

"When you see these players you see a hunger in every moment", Conte added. This is the difference.

Despite us having quality players like Kante and Cesar Azpilicueta, they don't have the attributes that stand out. And here at Chelsea, it's the same thing. But we tried to find the strength to draw and try to win. They score one goal, and they want to score the second; score the second, they want to score the third.

Real Madrid have time and again been linked with a big-money move for Eden Hazard and a move could finally come to fruition in the summer. You're not going to change, right?

"But this is the story of the Ball d'Or". Sometimes it's not so important [to finish first]. "They want to win", Conte said.

"For me as a coach Kanté has to win but in reality it would be very difficult. When you have an inferno, it means you are like Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar".

Getting back to Ronaldo, you can't truly appreciate the massive ego on display in what he said, unless you take in the entire quote in all its braggadocio glory.

Atletico have won the continent's second-string competition in two of their last four appearances, including 2012.