In a move that has been building up for years. It looks like Madrid are about to get their man. 28 year old Belgian magician seems on his way to Los Blanco, to become a Galatico and no one can deny he is worthy of that title.
Hazard was quoted after The Europa League final whereby he was undoubtedly the best player on the park against Arsenal saying “I think this is goodbye”. So we’ve decided to assess the magicians impact since he arrived in England from Ligue 1.
Since Eden Hazard arrived on British shores you could make the argument he has been the best player in the league over the 7 year period, winning 3 league titles, 2 Europa Leagues and 1 FA cup. Hazard has also received recognition for his individual efforts, being crown PFA young player of the year for the 2013/14 season and then scooping the senior award for the 2014/15 season and in what seems like was his last season was voted by the fans as their Player of the year. Hazard also appeared in the PFA team of the year on 4 occasions in his 7 seasons and was in the UEFA team of the season twice.
Since his arrival, only 3 players have scored more than his 85 goals, Sergio Aguero (141), Harry Kane (125) and Romelu Lukaku (112), it is worth noting that these are all strikers with scoring being their primary role. He is also high up in the assist ranks in that period too, with 54, 6 behind Christian Eriksen and 7 behind David Silva (61). However Hazard leads the way in Chances Created with 595.
Whilst Hazard is one of the best at scoring at creating goals in the league. He is in a league of his own when it comes to dribbling and winning fouls. Since August 2012, Eden Hazard has completed 909 dribbles, 288 more than his closest rival, Wilfried Zaha and when it comes to Fouls won, the Belgian has won 638, 188 more than 2nd placed Wilfried Zaha.
However, it’s not just the statistics. Hazard passes the eye test and is technically one of the best players to ever play in the league, scoring all types of goals, long range goals, amazing one on one finishes. He is one of the few players in the League that can pic the ball up anywhere in the opposition half and decide to take on anyone who gets in his way and leave them on the floor en route to goal like he did against Arsenal, leaving Coquelin for dead in 3-1 home win in 2017.
Multiple sources claim that a fee of around 100 million Euros will be enough to get Chelsea to sell this will make Hazard the joint 6th most expensive transfer in history, tied with Juventus’ signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
Hazard has been a joy to watch since day 1 and you can tell he finds joy in the game too, with his carefree, happy go lucky attitude reminiscence of the great Ronaldinho. It’s not just the ability that’ll be missed but the person as well.