Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has welcomed praise from Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has name-checked the Belgian when discussing the next generation of players he expects to dominate the game.

Hazard admits he welcomes praise from the current Ballon d’Or.

He declared: “That proves he understands football (smiles)!

“It’s a pleasure that one of the best players in the world, perhaps of all time, speaks well of me…”