Oct 10, 2023 at 11:38 AM Update: 5 minutes ago
Eden Hazard announced on Tuesday that he would end his career. The 32-year-old attacker played for Lille, Chelsea and Real Madrid, but has not made many playing minutes in recent years.
“After sixteen years and more than seven hundred games, I have decided to end my career,” Hazard announced his retirement via Instagram. “I have fulfilled my dream by playing and having fun on fields all over the world.”
Hazard had his heyday at Chelsea, where he played from 2012 to 2019. At the London club, the attacker became one of the best football players in the world and was voted player of the year in the Premier League. Hazard became English champion twice with Chelsea and won the Europa League just as often.
In 2019, Hazard moved to Real Madrid for a fee of approximately 115 million, but he could not live up to expectations in the Spanish capital. Hazard mainly sat on the bench or the stands. The dribbler played only 76 official matches in his four seasons for ‘De Koninklijke’, in which he scored seven times.
Hazard had his contract with Real Madrid terminated last June, leaving him without a club since last summer. He already indicated that he was considering his retirement. “After three tough years, I first want to go on holiday with my family, like everyone else. We will see what I will do with my future,” he said in June on the Belgian television channel RTBF.
Hazard retired as an international player last year
After the disappointing World Cup in Qatar – Belgium failed in the group stage – Hazard decided to retire as an international player. The attacker played 126 times in the shirt of the ‘Red Devils’ and has not missed a final tournament since 2014.
Hazard achieved the best performance with the national team at the World Cup in 2018, when Belgium won the consolation final against England. Hazard scored the second goal in the 2-0 win.