Pedro says Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard is good enough to win the Ballon d’Or.
Pedro, who played alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona, says Hazard has all the qualities to reach those dizzy heights.
He said: “When it comes to Messi, we are talking about a player I believe is still the best in the world. He really is on a different level to other players.
“But Hazard is a very, very good player, you can see his technique is excellent and he has shown everything at Chelsea.
“He is still young, so he is going to continue improving to one day be among the very best in the world.
“It’s always going to be difficult to compete with a player of Lionel’s ability, but Eden has all the qualities to do exactly that.
“He has that ability and talent to stand out from the crowd, to make the difference and be decisive. When you see him produce moments of magic, it is easy to draw comparisons with Messi.
“Everyone should be patient and forget what happened to him last season. The whole team struggled, not just Eden.”