Eden Hazard: Chelsea Legend Scores FreeKick on Return to Stamford Bridge for Charity Match

Eden Hazard: Chelsea Legend Scores FreeKick on Return to Stamford Bridge for Charity Match

Elijah Odetokun
June 10, 2024 at 7:08 AM
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  • Eden Hazard played some of his best football at Chelsea before retiring last year after leaving Real Madrid
  • Since the Belgian announced his retirement, he has participated in football for fun in charity matches
  • He returned to his old playground, Stamford Bridge, last night for the Soccer Aid match and delighted the fans

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Eden Hazard returned to Stamford Bridge last night for the yearly Soccer Aid charity match and proved he still got it with his impressive performance and showmanship.

Hazard played at Chelsea for seven years before sealing a ‘dream’ move to Real Madrid, which unfortunately did not go as planned and was the lowest moment of his career.

Eden Hazard, Patrice Evra, Soccer Aid, Stamford Bridge, London, England.
Eden Hazard celebrates with Patrice Evra after scoring a free kick in the Soccer Aid charity match at Stamford Bridge on June 9, 2024. Photo by Darren Walsh.
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He agreed with the club to terminate his contract last summer despite having a year left on the five-year contract he signed when he moved to Spain in 2019.

According to ESPN, despite not featuring for Los Blancos last season, the Blues received £5 million from the UEFA Champions League winners as part of the add-ons in the deal.

Hazard scores free kick on return to Stamford Bridge

The Belgian was part of the Soccer Aid World XI alongside other legends Petr Cech, Michael Essien and Mikel John Obi, coached by the most recent former Chelsea boss, Mauricio Pochettino.

The team lost 6-3 to England XI, who had won their first match in the charity competition since 2018. Frank Lampard, another former Blues player and manager, coached the team.

Hazard put up a show despite being on the losing side. In a video circulating on social media, he stepped up and scored a free kick past David James to level it up in the first half.

Fans on social media were delighted and questioned why he had retired when he still had it in him.

Hazard makes retirement admission

Sports Brief previously reported on Hazard making an admission about his retirement when asked if he missed football at the 2023 Ballon d'Or award gala.

The 33-year-old disclosed how he had been spending his time since hanging up his boots months prior and added that he doesn't miss playing football at that time.

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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.