Eden Hazard: Chelsea Legend Scores 1 Goal, Provides 5 Assists in First Game After Retirement

Eden Hazard: Chelsea Legend Scores 1 Goal, Provides 5 Assists in First Game After Retirement

Elijah Odetokun
updated at October 19, 2023 at 8:38 AM
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  • Eden Hazard announced his retirement from professional football last week
  • He called it quits on his career after a tumultuous four years at Real Madrid
  • The former Lille star was back on the pitch again for a charity game in France

Eden Hazard still got it and left fans wondering why he announced his retirement from professional football early after watching him turn up dazzling in a charity match.

Hazard was the king of entertainment and shouldered his team to titles during his years at LOSC Lille and Chelsea before sealing a dream move to Real Madrid in 2019.

Eden Hazard, Varietes CF, Calais CF, Stade de L'Epopee.
Eden Hazard celebrated after scoring during his first game since announcing his retirement. Photo by Baptiste Fernandez.
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The move spelt the beginning of the end of his career as he struggled with injuries which limited his opportunities. His contract was terminated by mutual consent despite having a year left.

Hazard dazzles in first game after retirement

A week after announcing his retirement, the Belgian playmaker was back on the pitch for the Yellow Pieces charity match, which is aimed at paying the hospital bills of children and adolescents.

He lined up as part of team Varietes CF against Team Calais and proved why many fans never wanted him to retire this early.

As noted by beIN Sports France, he scored once and provided five assists in the game.

As seen in a video shared by Varietes FC on social media, he received a warm reception from fans and his teammates for the night, including a host of football legends.

The match ended 11-2 in favour of Varietes, with Arsenal legend, Robert Pires and Wilfrid Mbappe (Kylian's father) also getting on the scoresheet.

Hazard spotted at Stamford Bridge

Sports Brief previously reported that Hazard was spotted at Stamford Bridge before the 1-1 draw between his former club and visiting Liverpool.

He spent seven years at Chelsea. It was initially unclear why he was at the game, but it was linked to the transfer of Romeo Lavia to the London club.

Etoo's old advice to Hazard

Sports Brief also reported Samuel Eto'o's advice to Hazard on his training attitude during their time together at Chelsea under former manager, Jose Mourinho.

The Cameroonian legend warned his teammate he would be forgotten in two years if he didn't train well in two years. It didn't happen then - but it did happen.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.