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Chelsea’s Icon, Eden Hazard Retires From Football At 32

Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from professional football the age of 32.

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Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from professional football the age of 32.

VerseNews reports that the Chelsea legend joined Real Madrid in a deal worth up to £150million just four years ago but his LaLiga career failed to ignite after a series of injuries.

Announcing the news on Instagram, the Belgian wrote: “You must listen to yourself and say stop at the right time.

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“After 16 years and more than 700 matches played, I have decided to end my career as a professional footballer.

“I was able to realise my dream, I have played and had fun on many pitches around the world.

“During my career, I was lucky to meet great managers, coaches and team-mates — thank you to everyone for these great times, I will miss you all.

“I also want to thank the clubs I have played for, LOSC [Lille], Chelsea and Real Madrid, and thank the RBFA for my Belgian Selection.

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“A special thank you to my family, my friends, my advisors and the people who have been close to me in good times and bad.

“Finally, a huge thank you to you, my fans, who have followed me for all these years and for your encouragement everywhere I have played.

“Now is the time to enjoy my loved ones and have new experiences.”

Chelsea signed Hazard for £32m from Lille in 2012, and he made 352 appearances for the club, scoring 110 goals.

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He won two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues, the FA Cup and League Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.

In July 2019, Hazard joined Real Madrid in a deal worth a club-record £130m including bonuses.

Hazard signed an initial five-year deal until 2024, but his time at the Bernabeu was beset by injuries and poor form.

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During his time at Real, he scored seven goals in 76 appearances, 10 of which came in all competitions in the 2022/23 season.

Among the trophies won at the club are two LaLiga titles, one Champions League and one Copa Del Rey.

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