Football Icon Eden Hazard Retires: A Fond Farewell to a Legend
Belgium's Eden Hazard Calls Time on His Glittering Football Career
Former Chelsea and Real Madrid football sensation, Eden Hazard, has officially hung up his boots, announcing his retirement from professional football at the age of 32. The news has sent shockwaves through the footballing world as fans and colleagues bid farewell to one of the game’s most prolific players.
Hazard, whose career began with his boyhood club Lille in 2007, has had a remarkable journey through the footballing world, leaving an indelible mark wherever he played. His tenure at Lille spanned several seasons, culminating in 194 appearances, where he netted an impressive 50 goals. During his time at the French club, he clinched the prestigious Ligue 1 Young Player and Player of the Year awards on two separate occasions, underlining his burgeoning talent.
The retirement announcement was made via Hazard’s official Instagram account, where he reflected on his decision. He expressed that it was time to “listen to himself and say stop at the right time.” After a career spanning 16 years and encompassing more than 700 matches, he decided to bid adieu to the professional footballing arena.
In his heartfelt message, Hazard conveyed his gratitude to the numerous individuals who played pivotal roles in his career. He paid homage to the “great managers, coaches, and teammates” who had enriched his journey. Additionally, he expressed his appreciation for the clubs he represented – LOSC Lille, Chelsea, and Real Madrid – as well as his beloved Belgian national team. He reserved special thanks for his family, friends, advisors, and all those who supported him through both the highs and lows of his illustrious career.
The Belgian maestro also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to his fans, who had steadfastly followed him over the years, offering encouragement at every step. He concluded his message by expressing his eagerness to spend quality time with his loved ones and embark on new adventures.
Hazard’s retirement comes hot on the heels of his recent triumph with Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League. His return to Stamford Bridge had been met with immense excitement from fans, and he made his debut for the club during a closely contested 3-2 defeat to Manchester City in the 2021 FA Community Shield.
During his seven-year stint in the English Premier League, Hazard firmly established himself as one of the competition’s finest talents. Over 352 appearances for Chelsea, he found the back of the net an impressive 110 times. His stellar performances were duly recognized when he was named the Premier League Player of the Season for the 2014–15 campaign.
In the summer of 2019, Hazard embarked on a new chapter in his career by joining Spanish giants Real Madrid in a groundbreaking transfer deal valued at €146.1 million, including add-ons. However, his time at the Santiago Bernabéu was marred by persistent injuries and fitness woes. Despite his immense potential, he managed to score just seven goals in 76 appearances for the club.
As football enthusiasts across the globe bid farewell to Eden Hazard, the sport has undoubtedly lost one of its most gifted and beloved talents. Nevertheless, fans and admirers will cherish the indelible memories he created throughout his illustrious career. Eden Hazard’s legacy in the world of football will undoubtedly endure for generations to come.