Eden Hazard Explains Why He Was Always Injured After Signing for Real Madrid From Chelsea

Eden Hazard Explains Why He Was Always Injured After Signing for Real Madrid From Chelsea

Byron Pillay
November 21, 2023 at 10:00 AM
  • Eden Hazard failed to live up to his potential after securing a move to Real Madrid from Chelsea
  • The Belgian attacker's time in Spain was marred by injuries which derailed his career to some degree
  • Hazard recently explained to a former teammate that he tried too hard, but his body couldn't take it

Eden Hazard’s fairytale move to Real Madrid was anything but.

The former Chelsea winger was signed by Los Blancos in 2019, but his time at the club turned out to be quite a nightmare.

Eden Hazard as a Real Madrid player.
Eden Hazard's time at Real Madrid was marred by injury, but he believes it's because he pushed himself too hard. Image: Angel Martinez.
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Injuries plagued hazard’s time at the club, but the Belgian attacker believes it is because he was trying too hard.

As noted by Get Real Madrid News, Hazard explained to former teammate John Obi Mikel that his injuries were due to his high efforts in training.

“I was talking to him the other day, and he said to me, ‘Mikel, it’s not like I was not trying.’
“He said, ‘When I went to Madrid, I looked at myself and was like okay, let me try, let me give it a go, let me put some effort in.’ But then I started getting injuries, my body couldn’t take it.”

Hazard’s lengthy injury spell

Despite spending four seasons at the La Liga side, Hazard played very few games for the team.

As noted by Transfermarkt, he was injured for approximately 500 days during his time with Madrid. He also only played 76 games across his four seasons.

He eventually left the Spanish side despite having a year left on his contract, ESPN reported. Despite offers from Saudi Arabia, Hazard decided to hang up his boot and call an end to his career after leaving Madrid.

His time at the club may have marred his reputation, but many will remember him for his stellar career as a Chelsea player.

Hazard stars in first game after retirement

Sports Brief reported on Hazard dazzling in his first game since he announced his retirement from professional football after four frustrating years at Real Madrid.

He turned up in a charity match to raise money to pay children's hospital bills in France, and he scored and also provided five assists as his team won 11-2.

The Belgian star was viewed as 'the next big thing' following his successful stint at Chelsea, but his career fizzled out after moving to Spain.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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