Real Madrid Criticised For Hazard's Early Retirement: “They Ruined Him”

Real Madrid Criticised For Hazard's Early Retirement: “They Ruined Him”

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at October 11, 2023 at 6:18 AM
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  • Real Madrid have been blamed for Eden Hazard's early retirement at only 32 years old
  • He has made a surprising decision to bring the curtains down on his professional career
  • Hazard won two Premier League titles at Chelsea before moving to Real Madrid in 2019

Former Real Madrid and Chelsea superstar, Eden Hazard's abrupt retirement announcement at the age of 32 has sent shockwaves through the football world.

The former Belgian international, who enjoyed a career spanning nearly two decades, showcased his talents at clubs in France, England, and finally Spain.

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Eden Hazard endured four regrettable seasons at Real Madrid which was punctuated with recurring injuries. Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images
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According to BBC, Hazard made a high-profile move from Chelsea to Real Madrid in 2019 for a transfer fee of £89 million but was plagued by injuries during his time with the Spanish giants, appearing in just 54 league matches over four seasons before departing in the summer.

As the news of his retirement spreads rapidly, many fans are critical of Real Madrid, believing they may have prematurely ended what could have been a remarkable career.

How fans reacted to Hazard's retirement

@the_berneese_ boldly claimed:

"Real Madrid ruined him."

@DesignbyStatman stressed:

"Madrid move spoiled everything."

@ChrisIdogar, who hailed Hazard as one of his favourite players, intimated the Belgian's career hit a snag after his move to the Spanish capital:

"One of my favourite players of all time. Career spoilt with one wrong move."

Another user, @UTDKenny_, believed that Hazard's career took a downturn when he joined Madrid in 2019:

"Eden Hazard should have stayed in Chelsea. He ended his career the moment he entered Real Madrid."

@001Oxygen added:

"It’s so sad how he ended. Should never have left Chelsea."

Hazard's difficult stint with Real Madrid

Hazard initially inked a five-year contract running until 2024, but frequent injuries and a dip in performance marred his tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu outfit, Sky Sports reports.

Throughout his Real Madrid journey, he notched seven goals in 76 appearances, with 10 of them coming in various competitions during the 2022/23 season, per Transfermarkt.

During his stay at the club, Hazard helped the club secure two La Liga titles, one UEFA Champions League title, and one Copa Del Rey trophy but many will feel he still fell short.

Hazard officially retires from football

In an earlier publication, Sports Brief reported on Eden Hazard retiring from professional football at the age of 32 in what came as a surprise for many in the sport.

The Belgian footballer faced significant challenges during his four-year tenure in Spain after his record-breaking transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid in 2019.

Hazard, who also had successful stints with Chelsea and LOSC Lille, officially announced his retirement on Instagram and numerous reactions followed.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.