Eden Hazard Retires: Remarkable 16-Year Career However aged 32, made his move to Real Madrid from Chelsea in 2019 for a fee of £89 million., his tenure with the Spanish giants was limited to just 54 league games, and he departed the club at the conclusion of the last season.
During his time at Stamford Bridge, Hazard achieved two Premier League titles. Hazard, who has been without a club since the termination of his contract in June, shared some reflective thoughts: “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.”
Hazard had previously retired from international football in December of the previous year after Belgium’s early exit from the 2022 World Cup during the group stage.
While at Real Madrid, Hazard added several major titles to his name, including the Champions League, a Club World Cup, a European Super Cup, two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, and two Spanish Super Cups. Despite this, his time in Spain is widely perceived as disappointing, with only 7 goals in 76 appearances across all competitions.
Chelsea, the Premier League club where Hazard enjoyed significant success, extended their warm regards, stating that he “would always be welcome back at Stamford Bridge.” Hazard initiated his professional career with the French club Lille, contributing to their domestic double of Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France in the 2010-11 season.
In the summer of 2012, Hazard made his move to Chelsea for a reported £32 million and went on to become a club legend. His accomplishments included winning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in the 2014-15 season. Over his tenure with Chelsea, Hazard netted 110 goals in 352 appearances, including the decisive goal in the 2019 Europa League final against Arsenal, which marked his farewell from the club.
Additionally, Hazard joined an exclusive group in Premier League history, alongside Thierry Henry, Matt Le Tissier, and Eric Cantona, by scoring 15 or more goals and providing 15 or more assists in a single season. He achieved this during the 2018-19 campaign with 16 goals and 15 assists.
Hazard expressed his gratitude on social media, saying, “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.”
He also acknowledged the clubs he played for—LOSC, Chelsea, and Real Madrid—along with his Belgian national team selection. Hazard extended special thanks to his family, friends, advisors, and supporters who have accompanied him throughout his career.
He concluded with appreciation for his fans, promising to return to the field soon for new experiences: “Now is the time to enjoy my loved ones and have new experiences. See you off the field soon, my friends.”
Hazard earned 126 caps for the Belgian national team since his international debut in 2008, scoring 33 goals. He participated in three World Cups and two European Championships, even captaining the team on 56 occasions. At the 2018 World Cup, he scored three goals, including one against England in the third-place play-off when Belgium secured a third-place finish.
Eden Hazard’s career:
- Joined Real Madrid from Chelsea in 2019 for £89 million.
- Played just 54 league games for Real Madrid.
- Achieved two Premier League titles during his time at Chelsea.
- Retired from international football in December after Belgium’s early exit from the 2022 World Cup.
- Won multiple titles at Real Madrid, including the Champions League and La Liga.
- He is considered one of the greatest players in Chelsea history.
- Scored 110 goals in 352 appearances for Chelsea.
- Joined an exclusive group of players in the Premier League by scoring 15+ goals and providing 15+ assists in a single season.
- Expressed gratitude to his fans, family, friends, and supporters in his retirement announcement.