Former Chelsea and Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard has announced retirement from professional football.
Through a statement, the Belgium noted that he had listened to his body and has said it is time to stop.
“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.”
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“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 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 thanks to 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.” said Hazard
The Belgium became a household name under Chelsea before attracting the attention of Real Madrid where he was later sidelined after sustaining a string of injuries.