Eden Hazard Retires from Professional Football at Age 32
Former Real Madrid and Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 32, just four months after leaving the Spanish giants.
Hazard, a former Belgium international, signed with Real Madrid in 2019 as the club's record signing. However, his time at the Santiago Bernabeu was marked by injuries and struggles to adapt during a challenging four-year tenure.
Despite limited playing time at Real Madrid, Hazard still managed to secure several prestigious trophies, including the UEFA Champions League and two LaLiga titles.
In an Instagram statement, Hazard shared, "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. Now is the time to enjoy my loved ones and have new experiences."
Hazard began his professional career at Chelsea in 2012 after joining from Lille. During his time with the London club, he achieved significant success, including winning the Europa League in 2013 and 2019, the Premier League title in 2015 and 2017, as well as the League Cup and the FA Cup.
He made his senior debut for the Belgian national team in 2008 and scored 33 goals in 126 appearances. Hazard played a pivotal role in leading Belgium to a third-place finish at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. However, he retired from international football after Belgium's group stage exit at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.