Kylian Mbappe and Man United star send Eden Hazard message after Chelsea legend retires


Chelsea legend Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from professional football. The Belgian winger became a free agent in the summer after his time at Real Madrid came to an end.

Hazard started his stellar career with Lille - impressing in Ligue 1 before joining Chelsea. The 32-year-old famously announced his transfer of joining the Champions League winners on Twitter before completing his move to Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian star established himself as one of the best wingers in Premier League history, making 352 appearances for the Blues and recording 110 goals and 92 assists between 2012 and 2019. His trophy cabinet began to fill up quickly as he won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League honours with the Blues before moving to Real Madrid.

Hazard made 76 appearances for the Spanish giants, but never made the impact he hoped due to a series of injuries during his time at the club. Nevertheless he did add a Champions League winners' medal in 2021/22.

The forward gave thanks to everyone who helped his career on Instagram, and noted it was now time to spend more time with his family. Hazard's statement read: "You must listen to yourself and say stop at the right time.

"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.

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"During my career I was lucky to meet great managers, coaches and teammates - 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, Chelsea and Real Madrid; and thank the RBFA for my Belgian Selection.

"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. See you off the field soon my friends."

Now, the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes have joined many other fellow professionals in sending messages to Hazard following his announcement. The Paris Saint-Germain superstar wrote on Instagram: “The great Eden. Thank you!”

Fernandes joined Mbappe in thanking the Belgian for his contributions to football. The United midfielder wrote: "Thanks for all the good moments you gave to the world of football.

"All the real fans of this beautiful sport enjoyed watching you *clap emoji*," Fernandes continued. Hazard's career in football clearly had a huge impact on his teammates, rivals and many supporters that watched him and the Belgian will be sorely missed in the professional game as he begins his next chapter.

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