Eden Hazard announces retirement from football at 32

Belgian star Eden Hazard announced his retirement from football at 32. Hazard already called it a career from international football last December after the Belgian Red Devils were knocked out of the 2022 World Cup during the group stage.

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Hazard was known to be one of the most skilled players of his time and was considered among the best in the world during his days as a Chelsea player.  Chelsea signed Hazard for £32m from Lille in 2012, where he made 352 appearances for the club and scored 110 goals.  For the Blues, Hazard won two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues, the FA Cup and the League Cup. 

In July 2019, Hazard joined Real Madrid in a deal worth a club-record £130m. But his stint at the Bernabeu can be termed disastrous as Hazard suffered some long-term injuries and had a few off-field issues.  With Real Madrid, Hazard scored seven goals in 76 appearances.  Among the trophies won at the club are two La Liga titles, one Champions League and one Copa Del Rey.

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Talking about his decision to retire, Hazard posted,  “You must listen to yourself and stay 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,” he further added.

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