Eden Hazard, an internationally renowned Belgian footballer
Eden Hazard, Real Madrid's new recruit, received a triumphant welcome on 13 June 2019 at Santiago Bernabéu stadium, where tens of thousands of supporters were waiting impatiently for him. A few days earlier, the captain of the Red Devils had been honoured for his 100th selection for the national team.
Born in La Louvière, Belgium, on 7 January 1991, Eden Hazard started playing football in the junior clubs of the Royal Stade Brainois and AFC Tubize, before continuing his training in France, playing on the left wing for LOSC Lille in 2005. His talent was soon recognised while he was playing for the Lille club. In 2009 and 2010, he was voted best hope in the French championship by the National Union of Professional Footballers, then best player in League 1 for the next two years. He attracted a great deal of interest from the major European clubs, including Chelsea, which signed the Belgian prodigy in 2012.
Eden Hazard delighted the English club and many people saw him as a future great player. He demonstrated superior technical expertise during his matches and was able to take decisive action, with his passing and his goals, in the last 30 minutes of play. He won the Europa League with Chelsea in 2013, and the English Premier League in 2015 and 2017. He was also named 2015 Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).
Eden Hazard has also made a name for himself in the Red Devils, leading the national side at the 2014 World Cup, where Belgium reached the quarter finals. Eden Hazard won the Silver Ball at the 2018 World Cup, where the Devils reached the semi-finals. He was one of the spearheads of the Belgian team during this World Cup, along with Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois (elected best goalkeeper). However, he ended his international career after the 2022 World Cup.
In June 2019, Eden Hazard achieved his childhood dream of joining Real Madrid. Let's hope he continues to inspire the dreams of his fans around the world.
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