Eden Hazard announces retirement from football

Eden Hazard has confirmed that he is retiring from football at the age of 32.

The Belgian left Real Madrid at the end of the 2022/23 season and did not join a new club over the summer.

He has now taken to social media to announce his retirement from playing, bringing the curtain down on a 16-year playing career.

Taking to social media on Tuesday, Hazard said: “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.

“I also want to thank the clubs I have played for: LOSC, Chelsea and Real Madrid; and thank the RBFA for my Belgian Selection.

“A special thank you to my family, my friends, my advisors and the people who have been close to me in good times and bad.

“Finally, a huge thank you to you, my fans, who have followed me for all these years and for your encouragement everywhere I have played.

“Now is the time to enjoy my loved ones and have new experiences.See you off the field soon my friends.”

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