It’s been coming. Eden Hazard is finally a Real Madrid player after it was confirmed on the club’s official website. The Belgian has been one of the outstanding players in the Premier League during his stay at Stamford Bridge.
Having joined the club from French side Lille in the 2012/13 season for £32m, the Belgian will go down as one of the greatest players to wear the Blue shirt.
There are only a few players who have such a genius about them that they can make football look as effortless as the Belgian. There is an air of familiarity with Hazard’s departure to that of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Thierry Henry’s from the Premier League.
All the players mentioned here left the Premier League for Spanish shores. The players mentioned were also incredible individual talents, who could take you out of your seat with a moment of magic and the Premier League is a poorer place without them.
Having said that, let’s have a look at 5 moments that defined Eden Hazard’s stay at Chelsea:
The goal against Spurs to give Leicester the league
Leicester fans will always remember Eden Hazard fondly. Hazard was facing his worst season at the club, having gone through a goal drought for over half a season under Jose Mourinho.
Leicester, on the other hand, were living a fairy tale like no other in the history of the sport. Spurs were Leicester’s closest challengers and had come to the Bridge to continue their own pursuit.
Only a win would do for Mauricio Pochettino’s men and they even took a 2-0 lead at half time. Chelsea came out on fire in the second half and Hazard scored a brilliant solo goal to level the scores and hand Leicester a famous title.
Winning the PFA player of the year award 2014-15
In his third season at the club, the Belgian won his first Premier League title at the club and also bagged the PFA player of the year award. It was a coming of age season for the Belgian as he was no longer just a potential star.
He was now, without a doubt, one of the best players in Europe and the very best in the Premier League. The Belgian scored 19 goals and had 13 assists in all competitions. He had become the club’s talisman.
His incredible solo goal against Arsenal
This will perhaps go down as his best goal in the Premier League, as the wizard picked up the ball near the halfway line before beating the Arsenal midfield and the defence before placing the ball past Petr Cech.
The significance was that it was against bitter rivals Arsenal and was one of the defining games in a season where he went onto to win his second League title in England, but this time with Antonio Conte.
Premier League debut against Wigan Athletic
When Chelsea fans look through the time Hazard spent at Chelsea, this will be the most bittersweet one.
A young Belgian, who had come with a massive reputation from Lille was stepping foot in the Premier League for the first time. But he didn’t disappoint.
The 21-year-old looked at home, providing two assists and winning a penalty. Chelsea fans had a taste of what was to come and he didn’t disappoint.
A fitting farewell
The Belgian finished his Chelsea career in grand style. He was once again Arsenal’s nemesis, scoring two and setting up one against them to lift the Europa League with Chelsea in a 4-1 win.
The Belgian can be unplayable on his day and Chelsea fans witnessed him for one last time, doing what he did best for the best part of the last 7 years. A fitting farewell for the Belgian.