The day has finally come, Eden Hazard has finally left Chelsea Football Club to join Spanish giants Real Madrid. It was Eden Hazard’s dream to play for Real Madrid since he was kid. He spent 7 incredible years at Chelsea and the fans can’t thank him enough. He has given the club so much and he walks out with his head held high. So let’s have a look at his Chelsea Career shall we?
Chelsea signed the Belgian from Lille in 2012 for 32 million pounds. Eden Hazard was a hot prospect at the time and he joined Chelsea after they won the Champions League. Hazard made his Premier league debut against Wigan Athletic, assisting Branislav Ivanovic as Chelsea won the game 2-0, while picking up the MOTM award on his debut in the Premier League. It was just a slight glimpse of what the Belgian could do. His first game at Stamford Bridge was another one to remember as he assisted Ivanovic yet again and he also won a penalty. 3 days later Chelsea played Newcastle and Hazard scored his first goal for Chelsea from the penalty spot. He scored 26 out of 31 penalties for the Blues.
Eden Hazard scored some magnificent goals in his first season that won’t be forgotten. Goals against Stoke City, Aston Villa and Manchester United in the FA Cup as Chelsea made a brilliant come back at Old Trafford. The one that stood out was when scored a magnificent goal against Sparta Prague in the Europa League. He scored that goal late in injury time as the blues reached the R16 of the Europa League. Sadly he missed the final as he got injured against Aston Villa in the league. In Hazard’s debut season he scored 13 goals and registered 19 assists in 63 appearances. His performances earned himself a place in PFA Team of the Year. He won the Europa league in his first season for the blues with Chelsea fans very excited to see what he was going bring to the club going forward.
In the 13/14 season Hazard was playing under a manager the fans loved and he was a Chelsea legend as Jose Mourinho came back to the club. Eden Hazard went up another level under Jose Mourinho, scoring against Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and PSG. He scored 17 goals in 49 appearances and he was voted Chelsea Player of the Year. He also won the PFA young player of year award and was named in the PFA team of the year yet again.
Next season was a memorable season for Eden Hazard as he finally went on to become the Premier League champion. He also won the Capital One Cup. He enjoyed linking up with Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa who were also very crucial in helping Chelsea win the league. Hazard came in clutch towards the end of the season as he scored goals against, Hull City, Aston Villa and West Ham away from home. He also assisted Cesc Fabregas against QPR in the dying minutes of the game. A week later Chelsea played English giants Manchester United and it was a must win for the Blues as it would have been a huge step towards the Premier League title. Eden Hazard scored the only goal as he put the ball through De Gea’s legs to give Chelsea a 1-0 win over United. Chelsea needed to win against Crystal Palace in order to wrap up the Premier League title. Yet again Eden Hazard scored a header as he missed his penalty and scored on the rebound. Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions.
He’s a fantastic boy, a golden boy. The way he behaves, the way he wants to be, the way he respects people. Even the way he respects opponents. I don’t think there’s one opponent who will say “he insulted me” or “he made fun of me”. He doesn’t cheat. He doesn’t dive, nothing. Even for opponents, I think he’s a fantastic kid. He knows he was fundamental in the team’s season. This is what he deserves. He deserves to be champion.Jose Mourinho on Hazard in 2014-15
Eden Hazard finished the season with 19 goals and 11 assists. He was by far the best player in the country. He was also voted as Chelsea’s Player of the Year for 2 years in a row and he voted as Player’s Player of the Year. He also won the PFA Player of the Year and was also included in the PFA Team of the Year. It was truly an outstanding season by the Belgian and he acknowledged his status as one of the best in the world.
The following season was easily Eden’s worst season at Chelsea. Not just for him but for the club as well. Injuries and being low on confidence led to a very poor year for the Belgian. But he saved the best for last. He scored 2 goals and it came in April against Bournemouth. Later on, he scored a terrific goal against Tottenham to make it 2-2 on the night and he helped Leicester City win the Premier League title. His goal against Tottenham was also voted as Chelsea’s goal of the season. Hazard also scored a spectacular solo goal at Anfield and it was certain that the Belgian was back to his best.
Eden Hazard was a different monster under new boss Antonio Conte. He adapted brilliantly in the 3-4-3 formation. Hazard scored 7 goals in Chelsea’s 13 game unbeaten run in the Premier League. He two beautiful goals against both the Manchester clubs during that period and Chelsea were on top of the table by Christmas. The new year had begun and Eden Hazard continued to perform at the highest level. He scored a spectacular solo goal against Arsenal as Coquelin was outmuscled by the Belgian and he went on to score a stunning goal that the Chelsea fans will remember for years. Eden Hazard’s goal against Arsenal was voted as Chelsea’s goal of the season. He stepped up when it mattered the most as he scored a brace against Manchester City as Chelsea won the game 2-1 and took huge step in order to win the Premier League. Hazard made a terrific impact against Spurs in the semi finals of the FA Cup as he came off the bench to score a brilliant goal. Chelsea won the game 4-2 and were in the final of the FA Cup. Unfortunately Chelsea lost the final to Arsenal but it would still be a season to remember as Chelsea won another Premier league title and Eden Hazard picked up his second Premier League medal. He was voted Chelsea’s player of the season for the third time.
In 2017/18 season Eden Hazard came back into the Chelsea side after suffering an injury whilst being in International duty. As soon he recovered from his injury he was back to his best. It was a poor season for the blues but Chelsea reached the FA Cup final and faced Manchester United. Eden Hazard scored the only game of the final as he was brought down in the penalty box by Phil Jones. He calmly tucked away his penalty and Chelsea went on to win the FA Cup. Hazard marked his 300th Appearance for the blues by scoring a goal in the FA Cup final and by winning another trophy.
After a terrific World Cup from the Belgian, it was set to be his last season at Chelsea Football Club. His final season was his best ever season as he scored 16 goals in the league and he registered 15 assists in the league as he won the award for the best player maker. He ended the season with 21 goals his best ever tally for the blues.
Hazard reached a century of goals as he scored a brace against Watford on Boxing Day. It was a performance to remember. Hazard also put in stunning performances against the likes of Manchester City as he got two assists as it helped Chelsea end Manchester City’s unbeaten run. He also scored a terrific solo goal against Liverpool in the league Cup at Anfield in order to help Chelsea win the game 2-1. His solo goal against Liverpool was voted as Chelsea’s goal of the season. Eden Hazard broke the clubs record as he was voted Chelsea’s player of the season for the fourth time. He was also voted Chelsea’s player’s player of the year and he also won the goal of the season. A clean sweep as he won all the 3 awards. Hazard’s final game at Stamford Bridge was against Frankfurt in the semi-finals of the Europa League. His final kick of the ball was from the penalty spot which resulted in Chelsea reaching the Europa league final.
Eden Hazard’s last game for Chelsea was against Arsenal. It was performance that no Chelsea fan will ever forget. He scored a brace and assisted Pedro, helping Chelsea win another European trophy as the game ended 4-1. It was the perfect ending for Hazard because his first trophy was the Europa league and his final one was the Europa league as well.
All the Chelsea fans thank Eden Hazard for his 7 years at the club. He gave everything to Chelsea and will definitely go down as a club legend. Hazard won 6 major trophies during his time in West London. It is certain that he will be missed at Chelsea and I wish him well for the future as he joins Real Madrid. Hopefully we can see him back at Stamford Bridge in the near future.
Thank you Eden Hazard.