Eden Hazard to wear No.23 jersey as Diaz reportedly denies Belgian iconic No.7 shirt

Eden Hazard to wear No.23 jersey as Diaz reportedly denies Belgian iconic No.7 shirt

SportsBrief.com, Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
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- Eden Hazard has started experiencing little difficulty regarding his squad number

- The 28-year-old was snubbed by Mariano Diaz in getting the famous No.7 jersey

- Hazard had also been turned down in getting the No.10 shirt worn by Luka Modric

- The Belgium international has now resulted into wearing No.23 formerly worn by Beckham

Eden Hazard arrived at Real Madrid last month from Chelsea and settlement for his squad number has become a headache for the Belgian.

Hazard played with the number 10 during his spell at Chelsea, but that squad number is currently worn by Luka Modric and the Croatian star has already made it clear he will not let go of it.

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"I have been able to talk to Modric through [Mateo] Kovacic," Hazard said at his unveiling.
"I was joking when I asked him to lend me the No. 10. He said no, so I’ll have to find another number."

The Ballon D'Or winner is an important player with Madrid and he looks likely to remain in the starting XI first .

Hazard has now been forced to look for another shirt and has also been drawn to the famous No. 7 jersey which was worn by Cristiano Ronaldo for nine years before he left.

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The shirt is being used Mariano Diaz who was re-signed from Lyon last season and with just 13 appearances for Los Blancos, the striker is struggling for game time.

But according to Spanish news media outlet Marca, Mariano is also 'adamant' he will not give up his shirt.

The Dominican Republic international hopes to have a chance to cement his place in Zinedine Zidane's 25-man squad ahead of next season.

And Hazard has resolved into making number 23 his third choice which was famously worn by David Beckham and was recently vacated by Isco.

Marca claims Hazard is attracted to the number because of his love for basketball and the likes of Micheal Jordan and Lebron James have worn it.

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