Eden Hazard Addresses Retirement Decision After Scoring and Assisting in Charity Match

Eden Hazard Addresses Retirement Decision After Scoring and Assisting in Charity Match

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at October 19, 2023 at 12:43 PM
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  • Eden Hazard walked away from football earlier this month at 32
  • He recently played in a charity match and produced a starring performance
  • The Belgian spoke about his retirement in detail

Former Real Madrid and Chelsea star Eden Hazard announced his retirement from football earlier this month at 32 after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season.

The Belgian recently played in a charity match and showed that he still has that magical touch that wowed fans whenever he played. He also opened up on his retirement.

Eden Hazard, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Kylian Mbappe, Belgium
Eden Hazard left his mark on the game. Photo by Tnani Badreddine/DeFodi Images.
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Hazard suited up for Varietes CF in their charity friendly against Team Calais and contributed a goal and an assist. Interestingly, the assist was for Kylian Mbappe's father.

The friendly had some iconic names, including Ludovic Giuly, Didier Deschamps, Claude Puel, Yohan Cabaye and Mbappe's dad Wilfried. Christian Karembeu and Jens Lehmann also took part.

Hazard also spoke about his retirement. He opened up on why he had to walk away from football.

“I always said that I would stop playing as soon as I no longer had fun on the field”. I didn't want to go play somewhere for the money. I didn't enjoy training... and I didn't play anymore. The decision was simple," via Fabrizio Romano.

Eden Hazard's career

Hazard was, at some point in his career, one of the best players in world football. His transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid was expected to take him to new levels.

However, injuries limited him to just 76 appearances over four seasons. He scored just seven goals in Spain and won the Champions League, a Club World Cup, a European Super Cup, two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups.

Before that, he was incredible at Stamford Bridge. He made 352 appearances, scored 110 goals, and provided 92 assists, per Transfermarkt. He won two Premier League titles with the Blues.

He also played 126 times for Belgium and scored 33 goals.

Walker calls Hazard his toughest opponent

The feeling is mutual between the two players on who their most difficult opponent is. As Sports Brief reported, Walker named Hazard as the toughest winger he faced.

The England defender pointed to their battles during his days at Tottenham as one he enjoyed because they take turns getting the better of each other. He named Senegalese winger Sadio Mane as another tough one.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.