It can be hard to truly appreciate greatness in the moment it’s happening. It is often only after the fact that we reflect and truly evaluate what we have seen or experienced. And when we think back to Chelsea Football Club over the past decade, we are expressing how lucky and privileged we are to have seen Eden Hazard at his best.
And because of that greatness and love created by greatness, we were able to leave Eden in 2019 to fulfill a childhood dream after making many of our own dreams come true.
And since then we’ve shared little by little in his 3.5-year personal horror.
Eden’s Real Madrid dream has never been a complete nightmare from day one until now. In those 42 months, he started just 42 games and scored just 7 goals while dealing with injuries, surgeries and various fitness and form issues. And even when he was healthy last year, he wasn’t an automatic choice – in fact, he’s been on the bench in 11 of Real’s 14 league games this season, making just three appearances since mid-September.
As he approaches the final 18 months of his contract, Eden is ready to accept defeat, ready to leave if the club wants him, ready to get back into the game, ready to have fun again. (Let’s not worry about those inevitable but highly unlikely rumours, although he did state that Chelsea didn’t call him after he left.)
“It was my childhood dream to be a Real Madrid player and after this year I have another season on my contract. I want to play for this club in this shirt.
“[But] In the summer I can go. I have one year on my contract and it’s up to the club. It’s normal for the club to say, ‘Thank you Eden for four years, but you have to go’, so I have to accept that. But I want to play more, show more that I can play, that I am a good player.
Hazard’s fitness issues were not entirely surprising given his focus on recreation and his Premier League opponents’ focus on trying to destroy recreation by any means necessary, legal or illegal. And he tried to change what was in his control, but since he went to Madrid, the fates have conspired against him.
“In ten years [including] I played 500 games at Chelsea with no injuries and nothing, then in two years all these injuries… it’s something I can’t explain. […] I changed a lot of things. [Gym and] So is food.”
“I’ve played a lot of games in ten years, seven in the Premier League. I’ve played a lot of balls in the Premier League. In life, through games, injuries… there are times when your chances are a little bit lower and you have to understand your lifestyle. You can change things in life, but a lot of it is bad luck, a little bit of the coronavirus, a little bit of imprisonment. cause…
Whatever the reason, there is little point in dwelling on it. He will not regret! But Eden feels he has something to prove and is hoping to prove himself on the world’s biggest stage by leading Belgium at the 2022 World Cup as a final shot at their golden generation.
“I have to prove to everyone that I can play football. People doubt what I can do, but I don’t. […] I’m a gamer who hasn’t played many games in three years. I can understand it. When I play, I have to be five, ten or 15 minutes. I want to play and I have to do well when I do.
– Eden Hazard; Source: Marca
Good luck, legend!