Eden Hazard about his nonchalance and the fighting marriage with Real Madrid: “If I had lived like Cristiano Ronaldo, I would have had a burnout”

Eden Hazard about his nonchalance and the fighting marriage with Real Madrid: “If I had lived like Cristiano Ronaldo, I would have had a burnout”
Eden Hazard about his nonchalance and the fighting marriage with Real Madrid: “If I had lived like Cristiano Ronaldo, I would have had a burnout”
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Eden Hazard has stopped playing football for almost three months, but looked back on his career in a rare interview with France Football. About his nonchalance, the World Cup semi-final against France, the marriage and divorce with Real Madrid and his final retirement from professional football.

Starting at the beginning of his career. At Lille he was seen as a ‘little brat’, someone with a lot of self-confidence. “It annoyed people when I started. I can understand that, but let’s not forget: that was almost twenty years ago, a different generation, a different mentality. Arriving with such confidence was frowned upon.”

His nonchalance and arrogance are two factors that haunted him throughout his career. “I couldn’t concentrate two hours before a match. But when you play tennis or Mario Kart, you laugh and do whatever you want in the locker room. Then you forget the competition and its importance. That was also the case during the World Cup semi-final against France.”

The life of a top athlete was not spent on Hazard. Showing discipline every day and eating healthy, he didn’t want to know much about that. “If I lived like Cristiano Ronaldo, I would have burned out,” he admits. “He is a bigger player than me, but in terms of pure football I honestly don’t think so.”

His passage to Real Madrid was not a glorified success. “Real is special. That’s why I don’t think the club was for me. Even the way of playing didn’t suit me, if you compare it to other clubs. But it was my dream. I couldn’t end my career without coming here.”

Finally, the eldest of the Hazard brothers does not want to return to professional football. “The less attention I have, the better. Still, I loved being in the spotlight and being the best on a team. It was great, but I didn’t need it. I’m not going to miss it. I enjoyed professional football, but I don’t want to go back to it. I’m one hundred percent sure.”

The article is in Dutch

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