Fmr Chelsea star Eden Hazard retires from international football

Belgian Captain, Eden Hazard has retired from International football at age 31.

This comes after his side got crashed out of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Belgium failed to progress to the knockout rounds of the competition after finishing behind both Morocco and Croatia in Group F.

Hazard’s contribution to their campaign was minimal.

On 7 June 2015, due to the suspension of the Red Devils Captain Vincent Kompany, Hazard captained Belgium for the first time in a friendly against France at the Stade de France, scoring a penalty for Belgium’s final goal in a 4–3 victory.

Hazard was appointed captain of the Belgian National team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia & led Belgium’s Golden Generation to their best ever World Cup record in the country’s history (Winning bronze).

In the first game against Panama, he assisted the third goal of the match scored by Lukaku as Belgium won 3–0.

At the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 15 July the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) selected Hazard as the second best player of the tournament, awarding him the Silver Ball.

In addition to his dribbling he netted three goals and provided two assists in total, as well as being selected the Man of the match on three different occasions (more than any other player)

Hazard contributed to 69 goals & assists combined in 126 games played who is mostly tagged as the greatest Belgian player of all time.

He won the Belgian player of the year on three occasions, 2017, 2018 & 2019 respectively. In those same years, he won the Best Belgian footballer abroad.

I’m 2018 he was named as Belgian Sportsman of the year.

Eden Hazard was named in International Federation of Football History & Statistics in 2018 & also All Time Belgium XI


By Ebo Taylor/

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