Former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Belgium winger Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from football at the age of 32, platinumnewsng.com is reporting.
Hazard who had been without a club since he left Real Madrid in the summer after his contract was terminated, announced his retirement on Tuesday morning according to eurosports.com
Hazard is regarded as one of the best players in his position in modern history, but struggled with fitness and failed to nail down a place with Real Madrid after joining from Chelsea in 2019.
The forward who earned 126 caps for his country announced his retirement officially on instagram. In his words:
“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. 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.”