Eden Hazard is a retired Belgian professional footballer who previously plays as a forward for Real Madrid and the Belgium national team.
He quickly established himself as one of the most promising young talents in European football, winning the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award in his first full season with Lille.
Hazard went on to win the award again the following season, as well as the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award, after helping Lille win the league title.
In 2012, he signed with English Premier League club Chelsea for a reported fee of £32 million, making him one of the most expensive players in the world at the time.
He enjoyed a highly successful seven-year spell at Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, two Europa League titles and the FA Cup.
In 2019, Hazard signed with Real Madrid for a reported fee of $114 million, making him the most expensive Belgian player of all time.
Despite struggling with injuries during his first two seasons at the club, Hazard remains one of the most talented and highly-regarded players in world football, known for his dribbling skills, creativity and ability to score goals.
Eden Hazard early life
Hazard was born on January 7, 1991, in La Louvière, Belgium.
He grew up in a football-loving family, with both his parents and his three younger brothers being passionate about the sport.
His father, Thierry Hazard, was a semi-professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, while his mother, Carine Hazard, was a striker for the Belgian Women’s First Division.
Hazard began playing football at a young age, and his talent was quickly recognized by local clubs.
He joined the youth academy of Royal Stade Brainois at the age of four, where he spent six years before moving to Tubize.
At Tubize, he continued to develop his skills and caught the attention of scouts from top Belgian clubs.
Despite his early success in football, Hazard also focused on his education.
He attended the Collège Sainte-Gertrude in Louvain-la-Neuve, where he studied until the age of 14.
He then transferred to the Centre for Education and Training in Football (CEF) in Tubize, which allowed him to combine his academic studies with his football training.
Hazard’s upbringing was marked by a strong work ethic and a dedication to his craft.
His parents instilled in him the importance of hard work and discipline, which helped him to become the successful footballer he is today.
His early experiences in football and education laid the foundation for his future success, both on and off the pitch.
Who is Eden Hazard’s wife?
Hazard’s wife is Natacha Van Honacker.
They got married in 2012, after being together for several years.
Natacha is a Belgian national, like her husband and was born on July 16, 1991.
She is known to be a private person and has largely stayed out of the public eye, despite her husband’s fame as a professional footballer.
Natacha and Hazard have been together since they were teenagers and have four children together.
Their first child, a son named Yannis, was born in 2010, before they got married; they later had two more sons, Leo and Samy and a daughter named Elayna.
While Natacha is not a public figure, she has been supportive of her husband’s career and has been seen attending his matches and events.
The couple has been together for over a decade and their relationship is considered to be one of the strongest in the world of football.
Eden Hazard career
Hazard began his football career playing for his hometown club Royal Stade Brainois at the age of four and spent eight years at the club before moving to AFC Tubize.
While at Tubize, he was spotted by a Lille scout while playing in a local tournament with the club.
Hazard joined Lille in 2005 and spent seven seasons with the club, winning the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double in the 2010-11 season.
In 2012, he joined English Premier League club Chelsea for a reported fee of £32 million, making him one of the most expensive signings in Chelsea’s history at the time.
He quickly became a key player for Chelsea, helping the team win the Europa League in his first season and the Premier League title in both 2014-15 and 2016-17.
He is considered a Chelsea legend.
In 2019, Hazard joined Real Madrid for a reported fee of $114 million.
However, his time in Spain was marred by injuries, including a fracture in his right foot during his first season, and coincided with his decline.
As a Real Madrid player, Hazard only mustered seven goals and 12 assists in 76 appearances.
Despite his limited game time at Real Madrid, Hazard still won the Champions League, Club World Cup, European Super Cup, two La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups.
On October 10, 2023, Hazard announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 32.
He had been without a club since his contract with Real Madrid expired in June 2023.
Throughout his career, Hazard was known for his speed, creativity, technical ability and passing skills.
Eden Hazard trophies
Hazard has won numerous trophies throughout his career.
Below is a simplified table of his major titles and achievements.
|Lille||Coupe de France||2010-11|
|Chelsea||UEFA Europa League||2012-13|
|Chelsea||Football League Cup||2014-15|
|Real Madrid||FIFA Club World Cup||2019-20|
|Real Madrid||UEFA Champions League||2021-22|
|Real Madrid||La Liga||2021-22|
|Real Madrid||Supercopa de España||2021-22|