Hazard said goodbye to football at the age of 32. Former Chelsea and Real Madrid star Eden Hazard bid farewell to professional football at the age of 32. The Belgian attacking midfielder confirmed this in a statement on his Instagram on Tuesday (October 10).
Hazard entered the world of football with many possibilities. He came from the French club Lille and spread the light to the English club Chelsea. He played for the Blues for more than seven seasons and won multiple titles including League Club, Europa League. In all, he played 352 matches and scored 110 goals.
But since leaving Chelsea to join Real Madrid in 2019, Hazard has never been able to settle down. Sometimes injuries, sometimes lack of rhythm, he spent the worst time in Real. He scored only 7 goals in 76 matches in four years. The Bernabeu club did not want to keep such a rhythmless player. Although the contract was until the 2023-24 season, the two parties terminated the contract by mutual consent last June. After that, however, he did not move to any other club.
Meanwhile, Hazard’s time was not going well for the national team. His team left the first round of the last World Cup in Qatar. He also quit international football at the end of the season. He scored 33 goals in 126 matches for the national team. He scored only 1 goal in the last 20 matches.
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All in all, Hazard feels now is the right time to say goodbye to football. In a statement on his Instagram, he wrote, ‘You must listen to yourself and say goodbye at the right time. After playing 700 matches in 16 years, I have decided to end my career as a professional footballer.
In a statement, Hazard thanked the national team, former club, team-mates, family, friends and supporters for sticking with him on the long journey.