Eden Hazard: Why I chose to retire at 32

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Julius Jumah
Julius Jumah
A multimedia journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Eden Hazard has openly discussed his decision to retire from football, citing a straightforward rationale: he was no longer enjoying the game and had no interest in playing solely for financial gain.

The 32-year-old officially ended his football career last week after parting ways with Real Madrid, one year ahead of the expiration of his contract.

On Wednesday evening, he made a remarkable return to form in a charity match in Calais, during which he scored a goal and provided assists for three others.

Despite his strong performance alongside former French football icons like Robert Pires and Didier Deschamps, Hazard revealed that his passion for the sport had waned.

Eden Hazard: Why I chose to retire at 32
Eden Hazard in a past press conference with the Belgium national team. [Photo/Courtesy].

He stated, “I had always maintained that I would retire as soon as I stopped having fun on the field. I had no desire to play merely for monetary reasons. It was the most logical choice. I had lost my enjoyment in training, and I wasn’t experiencing the joy of playing anymore. The decision was clear.”

Hazard also expressed his contentment with the decision, emphasizing that in life, not everything can be explained. He spoke of his happiness and the numerous opportunities outside of football that led him to make a peaceful choice.

While Hazard acknowledged that joining a Belgian club could have been a compelling narrative, he highlighted the excessive media speculation during the transfer window.

Eden Hazard: Why I chose to retire at 32
Eden Hazard played his best football at Chelsea. He recently hanged his boots at age 32. [Photo/Courtesy].

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He further shared his feelings about Real Madrid, which were not entirely negative, despite the challenges he faced.

He described the people he met there as “amazing” and expressed his appreciation for the experience of fulfilling his dreams while playing for the club.

Eden Hazard’s legacy in football remains multifaceted. Over the course of his career with Lille, Chelsea, and Real Madrid, he secured five league titles, a Champions League, two Europa Leagues, and numerous domestic trophies.

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