Former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger, Eden Hazard, has made the decision to retire from professional football.
The 32-year-old Belgian, who transferred to Real Madrid from Chelsea in 2019 for a significant fee, had a challenging stint in Spain, playing only 54 league games for the club.
However, during his time at Stamford Bridge, Hazard achieved considerable success, winning two Premier League titles.
“You must listen to yourself and say stop at the right time,” said Hazard, who has been a free agent since his contract was terminated in June.
“After 16 years and more than 700 matches played, I have decided to end my career as a professional footballer.”
Eden Hazard, the Belgian footballer, had previously retired from international football in December, following Belgium’s early exit from the 2022 World Cup.
His club career included a stint at Real Madrid, where he won several major titles, including the Champions League, two La Liga titles, and more.
However, his time in Spain was marked by injuries and struggles, scoring only seven goals in 76 appearances.
Before his time at Real Madrid, Hazard began his professional career with Lille in France, where he helped the team win Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France in 2010-11.
He then moved to Chelsea in 2012, where he became a key player and won individual awards like the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2014-15.
Hazard scored 110 goals in 352 appearances for Chelsea and played a pivotal role in the club’s success, including a memorable Europa League final win against Arsenal.
In the Premier League, he is among the elite group of players to achieve 15 or more goals and assists in a single season, a list that includes Thierry Henry, Matt Le Tissier, and Eric Cantona.
“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,” Hazard added on social media.
“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.”