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Kaka hopes Eden Hazard can start a rivalry with Lionel Messi

Eden Hazard, Real Madrid
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Former Real Madrid star Kaka is keeping his fingers crossed that Eden Hazard can replace Cristiano Ronaldo as Lionel Messi’s new rival.

Expectations are huge for Hazard’s debut campaign in Spain. Unsurprisingly, the Real board and supporters hope he fills Ronaldo’s boots to rival Messi and Barcelona for domestic honours.

But the club’s newest No.7 hasn’t gotten off to a smooth start after missing the first few weeks down to injury. He then had a forgettable full debut in Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Still, as it was his first proper game since June, it wasn’t all that surprising to see Hazard struggle.

And the Belgian winger evidently retains the full confidence of Kaka, who thinks he will be key for Real’s title aspirations this season.

Most importantly, though, the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner wants to see Hazard take Ronaldo’s spot as Messi’s biggest foe in Spain.

“I think we were lucky to watch [Messi and Ronaldo] battling against each other,” said Kaka.

“They were always fair games and it was really nice.

“Now we will see how Real Madrid will cope with Barcelona, how Real Madrid can win the league again.

“Of course, Hazard will be key to Real Madrid’s chances, and perhaps a rivalry will be created between Hazard and Messi. We will see.”

The ex-Brazil international also voiced his opinion that Real will come good under Zinedine Zidane following a difficult start to the season.

Reports in Spain have claimed the club president Florentino Perez is beginning to have second thoughts on Zidane. Apparently, he’s weighing up moves for either Jose Mourinho or Xabi Alonso.

Although Mourinho has already attempted to shut down the rumours.

Hazard, meanwhile, could make his second Los Blancos start in Sunday’s trip to La Liga leaders Sevilla. Victory in Andalusia could see Zidane’s side move up to top spot.

Kaka, Jose Mourinho
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho speaks with Kaka.