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Eden Hazard Announces Retirement from Football at 32

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid star has officially declared his retirement from professional football at the age of 32. The announcement was made on social media, where Hazard shared his decision with fans and the football community. Hazard, known for his exceptional skills and contributions to the sport, enjoyed a successful career that included winning two Premier League titles during his tenure with Chelsea before transferring to Real Madrid in 2019.

The Belgian forward’s time at Real Madrid was marred by injuries, limiting his playing time, and he made only 76 appearances over four seasons with the club before departing earlier this year. In an Instagram post, Hazard reflected on his journey, saying, “You must listen to yourself and stop at the right time.” He continued, “After 16 years and more than 700 matches played, I have decided to end my career as a professional footballer.”

Throughout his illustrious career, Hazard had the opportunity to work with great managers, coaches, and teammates. He expressed his gratitude to all those who contributed to his success and the wonderful moments he experienced on football pitches around the world. Hazard extended his appreciation to the clubs he represented throughout his career, including LOSC, Chelsea, and Real Madrid. He also thanked the Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA) for his time with the Belgian national team.

In a special message, Hazard acknowledged the support of his family, friends, advisors, and all those who stood by him during both good and challenging times.

To his devoted fans, Hazard expressed his heartfelt thanks, recognizing their unwavering support and encouragement throughout his football journey. Looking ahead, Hazard expressed his desire to spend quality time with his loved ones and explore new experiences. He concluded his announcement by saying, “Now is the time to enjoy my loved ones and have new experiences. See you off the field soon, my friends.”

Hazard’s retirement marks the end of an era for one of the Premier League’s most talented and revered players. During his time with Chelsea, he made 352 appearances and scored 110 goals, helping the club secure two Premier League titles, two Europa League trophies, the FA Cup, and the League Cup. His move to Real Madrid in 2019 was a highly anticipated transfer, but it was marred by persistent injury struggles. Despite the challenges, Hazard managed to win two La Liga titles, a Champions League title, and a Copa Del Rey with the Spanish club.

Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas praised Hazard as “one of the best Premier League players of all time,” highlighting his impressive record of 85 goals in 245 league appearances for Chelsea.
As Eden Hazard closes this chapter of his career, football fans around the world will forever remember his dazzling performances and contributions to the sport.