Eden Hazard Announces retirement from Professional Football

Former Chelsea and Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard announced his retirement from Professional football via his social media account.

Hazard wrote on his Instagram account, “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 realize 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 team-mates – 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,” he added.

“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.”

The 32 year old made 352 appearances at Chelsea scoring 110 goals and making 92 assists.

The Belgian won; two Premier League titles, two UEFA Europa league cups, one league cup, UEFA super cup and FA Cup at Stamford Bridge before moving to Real Madrid in 2019.

Hazard was also Chelsea player of the year 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019 respectively.

Hazard bagged the PFA player of the year, the Premier league player of the season and the FWA footballer of the year all in the 2015 period.

Hazard moved to Real Madrid in 2019, signing an initial five-year deal until 2024 scoring seven goals in 76 appearances.

Hazard struggled with injuries and made just 76 appearances in four seasons at Real Madrid before leaving in the summer.

The Belgian international didn’t play a single minute in all the El classico’s of Real Madrid against Barcelona since joining the Los Blanco’s in 2019.

Hazard won two LaLiga titles, one Champions League and one Copa Del Rey with the Los Blancos.

The Hazard had already retired from international football last December after being part of the Belgium at the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

Hazard finished his international football career making 126 caps, scoring 33 goals and 36 assists for his country.

He managed to reach the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016, and Euro 2020 with the Belgium National team.

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