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BREAKING: Eden Hazard retires from professional football at 32

Former Chelsea and Real Madrid player, Eden Hazard, has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 32.

The ex-Belgian captain on Tuesday, via his Instagram page posted a statement of his retirement after 16 years of playing football.

He wrote, “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.

Eden Hazard

“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.

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard (Credit: The Guardian UK)

“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.”

The winger has been without a club since being released by Real Madrid in the summer, despite making just 76 appearances in four seasons with the club.

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