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Former Chelsea and Real Madrid star Eden Hazard retires at 32

Former Real Madrid and Chelsea star Eden Hazard announced his retirement from football at the age of 32.

On Tuesday, Eden Hazard confirmed on Instagram that he has decided to retire from football. The Belgian winger was without a team after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season when his contract expired.

“You must listen to yourself and say stop at the right time. After 16 years and more than 700 matches played, I have decided to end my career as a professional footballer. I was able to realise my dream, I have played and had fun on many pitches around the world.

“During my career I was lucky to meet great managers, coaches and teammates. thank you to everyone for these great times, I will miss you all. I also want to thank the clubs I have played for: LOSC, Chelsea and Real Madrid; and thank the RBFA for my Belgian Selection.

“A special thank you to my family, my friends, my advisors and the people who have been close to me in good times and bad. Finally, a huge thank you to you, my fans, who have followed me for all these years and for your encouragement everywhere I have played. Now is the time to enjoy my loved ones and have new experiences. See you off the field soon my friends.”

Hazard Career

Hazard began his senior career with Ligue 1 club Lille in 2007. In 2011, he won the league and was named the Ligue 1 Player of the Year. Hazard joined Chelsea in the summer of 2012. The Belgian forward won two Premier League titles with the Blues and scored 110 goals in 352 appearances. He is one of only four players in Premier League history to score 15+ goals and provide 15+ assists in a single season.

Hazard joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 in a transfer worth up to €150 million. He failed to meet expectations at Madrid due to injuries and fitness problems. Hazard just played in 76 matches over four years.

Hazard was a member of the Belgian squad which reached the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Following the 2022 World Cup, he announced his retirement from the national team after playing in 126 matches.

Sam Barton
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Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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