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Eden Michael Hazard is a Belgian footballer who plays for Real Madrid as a winger or attacking midfielder. He is known for his pace, creativity and dribbling and is widely considered to be one of the best players in the world. Hazard was born on January 7th, 1991 in La Louvière, a Walloon city in Belgium.
As a son of two former football players, he started his career early in local youth clubs – first Royal Stade Brainois and then Tubize. At the age of 14, Hazard moved to France to play for Lille. After two years in the club’s youth ranks, he moved to their B team before making his debut for the senior team in 2008.
Hazard played for Lille until 2012 and even managed to win a league and cup double with the team in 2011. He was also named Ligue 1 Player of the Year, which made him the youngest-ever player to win this prestigious award.
His next destination was London after he made transfer news and signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2012. During his time in England, he won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two Europa League titles. In 2019, he moved to Spain to play for Real Madrid. In his first season with the club he won the Spanish league.
Hazard is currently the captain of the Belgian national team. He made his debut for the team in 2008 when he was only 17 years old. The winger already played more than 100 official games for Belgium, including appearances in two World Cups and one Euro Cup. He helped his national team win the bronze at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In addition to being named the best player of Ligue 1, Hazard has won many more individual awards. This includes being named Premier League Player of the Season in 2015 and making the Premier League Team of the Year on four separate occasions.
Eden Hazard Transfers and Rumours
- 2003: Royal Stade Brainois to Tubize – Free Transfer
- 2005: Tubize to Lille – Free Transfer
- 2012: Lille to Chelsea – £32 million
- 2019: Chelsea to Real Madrid – £90 million
Hazard spent the first few years of his youth career in local Belgian clubs before he decided to move to Lille and continue his development at their academy. After making his way to the senior team and proving his value, gossip about his next destination started to appear.
In 2012, Hazard proved those football whispers and transfer rumours true after he signed for Chelsea for a reported fee of £32 million. After seven successful years in London, Hazard became one of the key transfer targets of Real Madrid. As usual, transfer odds quickly rise since players tend to end up in Spain when Real comes calling and the case with Hazard wasn’t much different.
Real splashed the cash and paid a fee of around £90 million – enough to make Hazard the second most expensive player in the club’s history. The transfer also included certain add-ons which could significantly increase the fee and make Hazard the most expensive player in Real’s history. Judging by Hazard’s first season with the club in which he won La Liga, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.