He was the culprit of making the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid forgotten. Eden Hazard landed in the capital in 2019 for more than 100 million euros. He seemed to have restored the enthusiasm of the white fans, but of course his signing was not what was expected. Last October decided to hang up his boots after leaving the white club, renouncing different offers, including one from Saudi Arabia.
Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel shared a team with the Belgian for five seasons at Chelsea. He went on Rio Ferdinand’s podcast, in which he revealed the conversation he had with Hazard before Hazard announced his retirement. Mikel confessed that the forward asked him if he should accept the Arab offer: “Should I go to Arabia, where I’ll be paid a million pounds a week, and then what?” The former Belgian footballer confessed that he had received “two or three offers to go to Arabia.” “Mikel, I have a lot of money. You know how I live my life. I don’t spend too much money. So now I have money to live with my family and raise my children,” he reflected with his former partner about the offer received.
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These were defining moments, memories that will carry on flickering away on endless replays in the back of our minds forever.
And that is how the Eden Hazard legacy will remain. In our minds, forever.
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Possibly the addition of your son Leo Hazard to Benjamín B of Real Madrid was one of the determining reasons for rejecting the offer. The Belgian preferred to stay in the capital with his family and renounce the football elite. Although he was a truncated white signing, after reaching an agreement with Real Madrid to terminate his contract, Since he still had a year left, he had no shortage of offers. Belgium, MLS, in addition to Arabia, were interested in the player. The first wanted to reunite him with his brothers in Brussels to continue making the league competitive, while the second wanted a player profile that could stand up to Inter Miami.
Despite the offers and the many footballers who have chosen the Arab country to continue their career, such as Karim Benzema, the Belgian decided to hang up his boots on October 10 and focus on family life. Thus, Eden Hazard closed his stage in the last market. In the talk, Obi Mikel confessed that he “respected” the former soccer player’s decision a lot, although among other points he commented that he was “so lazy that he didn’t even bother to tie his boot laces.”
Eden Hazard arrived at Real Madrid in 2019, after four years in which he had not managed to reach his maximum level. An injury against PSG a few months after landing in the capital meant that his time at Florentino’s club was marked by injuries. In fact, he only disputed 76 games, in which he managed to score seven goals and give twelve assists.
With this and with the future in the air for everyone to see, the day he announced his retirement he confessed that “You must listen to yourself and say enough is enough at the right moment.” “After 16 years and more than 700 games played, I have decided end my career as a professional footballer. I was able to make my dream come true, I played and had fun in many fields around the world,” he confessed.