Cesc Fabregas Surprisingly Picks Manchester United Legend in His Prime Over Eden Hazard

Cesc Fabregas Surprisingly Picks Manchester United Legend in His Prime Over Eden Hazard

Rene Otinga
updated at May 24, 2024 at 10:30 AM
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  • Cesc Fabregas suggested a Manchester United legend was better than Eden Hazard
  • Fabregas enjoyed five successful years at Chelsea FC alongside Hazard from 2014
  • The pair won two Premier League titles during their time together at Stamford Bridge

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Former Arsenal and Chelsea man, Cesc Fabregas, recently made a bold pick, suggesting Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney was better than Eden Hazard.

In his prime, Hazard was unplayable and is highly regarded as one of the best players in the modern game.

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Cesc Fabregas during celebrations of Como's promotion to Serie A on May 10, 2024. The Spaniard rates Wayne Rooney over Eden Hazard. Photo by Jonathan Moscrop.
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Fabregas knows just how good Hazard was, having played with the Belgian at Chelsea from 2014 to 2019.

On the other hand, Wayne Rooney is also a legend in his own right and is fondly remembered by Manchester United fans.

Not only is he United’s all-time goal scorer with 253 goals, but Rooney also formed part of the most successful Red Devils team under Sir Alex Ferguson, winning 17 major trophies, including five Premier League titles.

Cesc Fabregas picks Rooney over Hazard

Fabregas recently participated in GOAL's ‘winner stays on’ challenge, where he was asked to choose between two players in their prime.

Hazard was put against some big names, including Marcus Rashford, Antoine Griezmann, Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and even Sergio Aguero, with Fabregas picking his former Belgian teammate over all of them.

However, when it boiled down to Hazard versus Rooney, Fabregas chose the latter.

When Hazard endorsed Rooney

In 2013, Hazard discussed the prospect of Rooney joining Chelsea, and the forward had nothing but good things to say about the Manchester United legend, describing the England international as “the perfect signing.”

“He’s a really great player who has the experience, and he’s still only young, at 27. He’s got a few years left to play. It’s always a pleasure to play with great players, and Chelsea sign great players.” Hazard said, per The Telegraph.

The trio of Fabregas, Rooney, and Hazard have all retired from playing professional football.

When Rooney, Fabregas and Hazard retired

Rooney was the first to hang his boots, retiring in 2021 to take a coaching role at Derby County.

Fabregas retired in July 2023 at the age of 36 after a brief stint with Italian side Como, which recently earned promotion to Serie A.

Hazard’s retirement was perhaps the most surprising. In October 2023, at the age of 33, he decided he had enough of professional football.

Cesc Fabregas on Arsenal signings

Sports Brief also reported on Fabregas’ take on what Arsenal needs in the summer to bolster their squad.

For the second consecutive season, the Gunners narrowly missed breaking their 20-year title drought, as Pep Guardiola's team clinched their fourth successive championship with an eight-game winning streak.

According to Fabregas, the Gunners must invest in a proper number 9 in the summer.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.