Eden Hazard retired as a professional footballer a while ago. In an interview with L’Équipe, he openly talks about his retirement from football and his time at Real Madrid.
He explains why he chose Real Madrid, but also why it came to nothing. “As a child I was a big fan of Zidane, Bernabéu, the white shirt… Real Madrid is a special club, but in retrospect I don’t think I fit in. I didn’t even like the way of playing. But it was my dream and I couldn’t end my career without coming here.”
Hazard was often depicted in the media as a bon vivant. “I had just had one of the best seasons of my career at Chelsea. I let myself go a bit during my summer holidays, after 7 years in England. Three weeks of barbecue, rosé… that helps me to reset. Alone things went wrong at Real.”
Yet the ex-Red Devil denies that he is lazy, as has been said here and there. “I couldn’t last 16 years without training. It’s true that I sometimes showed up for training without much desire to train, I can’t ignore that.”
He struggled with injuries during his career, especially at Real Madrid. That threw a spanner in the works and prevented him from getting too much playing time. “Football wasn’t a job for me, it was a game. It was my favorite toy. But after my ankle operation I lost my confidence and therefore my desire. I wasn’t depressed, but I didn’t feel like it anymore either. had no energy and strength left.”
He concludes by emphasizing that a return is not an option at all. “The less attention I have, the better. I’m not going to miss it. I enjoyed professional football, but I don’t want to go back to it. I’m 100 percent sure of that.”