Eden Hazard, the former Chelsea star and Belgian international, has offered insights into his life since retiring from football, describing it as “perfect.” While he’s relishing his current situation, he hasn’t entirely dismissed the possibility of a future return to the sport.
Hazard enjoyed a fruitful stint at Chelsea, where he spent seven years, achieving significant success including two Premier League titles, along with FA Cup and League Cup victories. He was honored as the PFA Player of the Year in 2015, having been named the PFA Young Player of the Year the previous year.
In 2019, Hazard departed Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid in a club-record deal, but his time in Spain didn’t unfold as planned. Frequent injuries and fitness concerns limited his La Liga appearances, and he played a minor role in the 2022/23 season.
During his tenure at Chelsea, Hazard scored 110 goals, with half of them coming in his final three seasons with the Blues. In contrast, his spell in Spain saw him net just seven goals, and he was primarily a bit-part player.
After his contract with Real Madrid expired in the summer, Hazard had the opportunity to join a new club but chose not to, despite receiving multiple offers. He officially retired in October at the age of 32.
During the Ballon d’Or 2023 ceremony, Hazard presented the Kopa Trophy and was asked about his retirement and future plans by Didier Drogba, the host of the event. He candidly revealed that he is currently enjoying his family life and pursuing various interests outside of football. While he doesn’t miss playing at the moment, he hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of a return.
Hazard expressed contentment with his decision, emphasizing that he no longer enjoyed training and playing. He concluded by mentioning his ongoing interest in watching football on television and his involvement in various other activities.
On the international stage, Hazard played a crucial role in helping Belgium secure a third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup, with the team narrowly losing to France in the semi-finals before defeating England in the third-place play-off, where Hazard scored.