|Desc||Irresistible at his absolute best and one of the very few players capable of not only deciding games on his own, but doing so without the help of team-mates. The Belgian showcases total control when dribbling the ball, a skill he can stake claim to be the very best at throughout his time in the league. The finest player in the league in two title-winning seasons, Hazard is a true Premier League great who may only be appreciated when he has gone|
|Org||Belgium National Team|
|Club as Player||Real Madrid|
2013 12 30 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard on Mourinho] Mourinho is the best coach in the world. He is not God, but he almost is
2016 09 09 Retrieve
[Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard reveals how life has been under new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte] Conte puts trust in his players and now we are good after an ugly season last year. I’ve always been the same player, but Conte knows how to treat players, having played at the highest level himself
2016 11 12 Retrieve
[Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard tells he wants to be one of the top-five footballers in the world] Last season I wasn’t good, so for me it’s normal that I’m not on the list. I want to come back and give everything to be on the list – not to be in the top 23, but to be in the top five. I want to reach this level
2017 02 11 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard speaks after scoring against Arsenal in a 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge] When I get a lot of kicks, I feel I’m really in the game. When people don’t touch me, that means I’m not doing well, I’m no good
2017 03 10 Retrieve
[Quotes on Frank Lampard] He is respected by everyone [. . .]. You can’t help but learn from having players like Frank around you when you’re training and playing alongside him every day. I remember my very first training session with the club and we had a break and Frank said: ‘Can I get you some water, do you want a drink?’ It was incredible. As the new guy I felt like I should have been the one to be getting Frank, who has won so many trophies, water. But that is what he was like
Having the chance to spend two seasons alongside him, you just learn what an exemplary player and professional he is. You got the feeling that this was a player respected by everybody and everywhere - not just in the club but outside too.
I watched how hard Frank was working at training despite having won so much already (11 major trophies with Chelsea in all) and knew I had to do the same. As a youngster you can’t help but be inspired by people like Frank. He sustained his career at the highest level till the age of 36 and that is not for any reason. He worked hard at his game physically and technically
2017 03 11 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard praises team-mate N’Golo Kante] One on the left and one on the right. I think I’m playing with twins. He is a fantastic player, he helps the team a lot and we are happy to have him on the team
2017 11 Retrieve
[Hazard admitts his admiration for Madrid] Madrid interest me, everyone knows. If they want to sign me, they know what they have to do
2017 11 24 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard talks about former Blues team-mate and close friend Mohamed Salah] He did not get his chance at Chelsea – maybe because of the manager, because of the other players? I don’t know. He has quality but in that period I remember we had me, Willian, Oscar, so for him it was not easy. But he’s a top player, for sure, and we know as a team the quality he has. He is a fantastic striker and this season he has scored a lot of goals
2017 12 Retrieve
[Hazard admitts his admiration for Madrid] You know I have always liked Real Madrid, even before Zidane. After this year I have a year left on my contract, so we’ll see
2018 01 06 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard responds to Thibaut Courtois’ comments and says his re-signing with Chelsea may be dependent on his Belgian counter-part doing the same] (Laughs) I’m going to say the same thing as Courtois: first he has to sign, then I might follow. I don’t know who’ll be the first to sign a new deal. That’s a secret
2018 11 24 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard on the Ballon d’Or] I do not deserve the Ballon d’Or. I think there are players, who have been better than me. I would have said Luka Modric, but he plays a little less well since August or September, so if we take into account the beginning of the season, I would say Kylian Mbappe. The goal for me is not to have the Ballon d’Or, it is to maximise fun on the pitch. If I win it one day, so much the better, if I don’t, it will not be a problem
2019 01 19 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard tells who he thinks is the best footballer of all time] Two G.O.A.T.s you say? No way. There is only one G.O.A.T [Greatest Of All Time]: Him, Lionel Messi!
2019 01 25 Retrieve
[Chelsea star Eden Hazard says Gonzalo Higuain is the striker to finally replace Diego Costa] I like to play with top, top players. At Chelsea I was able to play with one of the best in Costa for three years. I think Higuain is one of the best at the moment.
He has scored a lot of goals. When you see his career he has done it everywhere, Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus. I think he can do the same here.
This season we have been playing good but we missed the guy to score just one goal. We have had a few games where we have played well and in the end we finished with zero goals, even though we created chances.
It was like that against Spurs. If we had a striker that could score three goals, the game would have finished 5-1. But that hasn’t been the case. Higuain can do that. He is a top scorer, he can score anywhere.
Have we missed a striker like Costa since he left? Yes of course. I like playing with Giroud and Morata, but when Olivier is playing he is doing his best for the side, he is more of a team player than a striker that just scores goals.
Diego was sometimes not the kind of player to play a one-two with, but in the box he was amazing. He just scores one goal, we won and you have the three points. That’s what we need.
I think Higuaín is this kind of player, he can also link with the winger with the midfield, and he can also be the proper striker. Can he make a big impact for the rest of the season? Yes, I hope so
[Hazard clearly hopes Higuain’s arrival means he won’t be asked to lead the line anymore and added] My position is more winger than No 9. I try to have fun with my striker and the other winger. When the striker is there it’s good for me
We all know that I like to play the give and go with my striker so if the forward just goes deep, I’m going to be in trouble. Giroud understands this and that is why I like to play with him. I think Higuain is going to do the same
[The 28-year-old has also made it clear he has no issues with Sarri after the Italian said on the eve of the match that he was not a leader and didn’t do enough] The manager has to say something and he will say it. We are men, we are big men. We can talk together. There is no problem at all.
2019 02 03 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard reveals biggest difference between ‘unbelievable’ Gonzalo Higuain and Olivier Giroud] He’s a great striker. He’s a bit less of a target man than (Olivier) Giroud, but he can hold the ball, he can play one touches. He’s intelligent. In the box he’s unbelievable. He will score more goals
2019 03 23 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard had kind words for both when asked to compare the Real Madrid coach and his own for Belgium] I have a lot of respect for [Zinedine Zidane]. He was my idol. Thanks to him I began playing. But for the wins achieved with [Roberto Martinez], I choose him
2019 03 30 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard speaks about Belgium’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Brazil] This victory against Brazil was my best game in the individual aspect as well as the collective one. I perfectly succeeded in everything I was trying to do. Just like the team. We were not seen as the favourites, as Brazil is one of the best nations. We had trouble in the second half and had a bit of luck too. But it’s still the most accomplished thing I have achieved, all teams included. The best result in the history of Belgium. We lost in the semi-finals against France on a corner. I will remember the feeling we left. We were not the best. But all the testimonials that I receive tell me that the most beautiful team was Belgium, I like to emphasise the pleasure and the memory that we have left
2019 11 19 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard Praises Karim Benzema & Speaks Out on Ongoing Rift With French Football Federation] After having played with him for three or fourth months, I think that, right now, he’s the best striker in the world. But [also] away from his role as a striker, he makes others better
[Regarding Benzema’s current situation with the FFF] I feel for him. It’s always easier to play against a team that doesn’t have Benzema in it.
2019 11 21 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard insists he would only ever return to France to play for Lille] I will never play for PSG. They have wanted me many times. I don’t have any intention to return to a Ligue 1 club other than Lille. I have always said no to them [PSG]
In my head everything is clear. It is a team that would give you a chance of winning the Champions League, but they are not among my priorities. If I return to Ligue 1, it will be Lille
[Asked whether Chelsea can win at Manchester City this Saturday] Of course I think so. It’s not going to be easy. It’s hard to play there. Last time we played them we lost 6-0, so bad memories for me and for Chelsea as well but I think this season they are really good. They are really young, but they are really good, so why not go there and win the game?
When I watch them, no Hazard but it’s a party! They can score, they score a lot of goals, the fans are happy, they are third in the league, so it’s going to be a great season. They just need to stay there, win games and that’s it
2019 11 22 Retrieve
[Things went even worse for Maurizio Sarri last season, when he ditched the defensive approach employed by Conte to boldly go toe-to-toe with Pep Guardiola. The result was a 6-0 defeat – Chelsea’s heaviest for 28 years] It is not going to be easy. It is hard to play there, the last time we played there was 6-0. Bad memories for Chelsea and me as well. But this season they are really good; really young, but really good. Why not go there and win the game?
2019 11 23 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard on Karim Benzema] I think that, right now, he’s the best striker in the world
2019 11 24 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard admitts that he’s hoping Kylian Mbappe joins him at Real Madrid] If I could bring Mbappe [to Real Madrid] … he’ll be the best in the world within the next few years. There are many young players that have high potential but, if Kylian continues like this, he’ll be one of the best players in history. By 20 years old, I’d already been champion of France with Lille, but in terms of statistics, there’s no comparison [between me and Mbappe]. I was developing bit by bit. Mbappe is already in his peak at 20
[Eden Hazard talks about replacing Cristiano Ronaldo in the team] When I go out on to the pitch, I don’t think about the fact that Cristiano was here before me and that I have to do better than him. I’m not going to score more goals than Cristiano Ronaldo, that’s for sure, but I will try to bring what I know I can do. In fact, the difficult thing when I arrived was that I got injured two or three days before the first [LaLiga Santander] match and I was out for four weeks. This delayed my preparation
[Eden Hazard talks about Real Madrid’s expectations of him] Transfers are crazy these days. A footballer should never cost 100 million, but that’s the market [we’re in], I’m not thinking about what I cost. If I’d have cost five million, I would’ve played the same way
[Eden Hazard talks about his idol Zinedine Zidane] Zidane was my idol, [he was] a phenomenal player. I’ve enjoyed working with him for the last four months. I hope we win lots of titles together, that’s why I came to Real Madrid. But he’s no longer my idol, he’s my coach, like Maurizio Sarri or Antonio Conte were at Chelsea. It’s all about me now
2019 12 20 Retrieve
[Quote on Zlatan] Zlatan has always played at the top level. He never had a low point in his career. Perhaps he had some bad games now and then, but that’s all. He has gained the respect of all his teammates and all his rivals. He is an example for every footballer
2020 01 18 Retrieve
[Real Madrid midfielder Eden Hazard responds when asked if he was overweight when he came to Madrid last summer] It’s true, I can’t lie. But if I’m on vacation, I’m on vacation
2020 03 26 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard admits ‘bad’ first year at Real Madrid] My first season at Madrid has been bad - but not all of it. It’s been a season of adaptation. I’ll be judged on the second one. It’s up to me to be in good shape next year. The group is good; it’s been a great experience for me. I still have four years on my contract. We’ll have another year in 2021, which is a shame, but my ankle will allow me to get back in shape. I think it’s difficult for the fans because they want to see an international tournament every summer, which is a shame for them. But I also think there are priorities in life
2020 04 18 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard reveals he struggles with the same thing as Ramsey with food] It’s complicated for me. I’m trying not to eat a lot. I’m trying not to go into the pantry to eat a lot of buns, but it’s not easy
2020 05 04 Retrieve
[Eden Hazard: Why have Real Madrid not seen the best of the playmaker?] I’ve dreamt about this since I was little, I always supported Real Madrid. I will try to be the best in the world
[Fast forward eight months, however, and Hazard’s brutally honest assessment of his debut season at the Bernabeu pulled no punches] My first season at Madrid is bad. It is an adaptation season. I will be judged in the second. It is up to me to be in good shape next year.
[How to solve a problem like replacing Ronaldo?] Taking this shirt after Cristiano isn’t easy, he’s historic
[Hazard is a very different character, though, as he hinted at during his unveiling] I’m not a Galactico, but I’ll try to be. For now, I’m Eden Hazard
2020 05 04b Retrieve
[Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?] I often ask myself what I can do to become like Messi and Ronaldo and get 50 or 60 goals in a season. I try, of course, but I realise that I will never be a true goalscorer like them. It’s not in me. It is mainly mental: at 2-0, not thinking that is enough for example. Sometimes I still think after a goal, ‘That’s enough’. I’m not in search of records like some other players – if I can score between 15 and 20 goals each season, I will be very happy
2020 05 18 Retrieve
[Hazard admits he needs more time to recover from ankle surgery despite returning to Real Madrid training] I feel very good to be back on the pitch working with my team-mates. Now we have to wait for the matches to come, but I’m very happy. After two months away I need more physical work and more ball work. I just want to be ready for the next game. Now the training is better, we can train the way we like to. The first week was a bit strange, but now we can train again in groups and also attacking the goal. We just want to be all together and try to work as a group
My first season at Madrid is bad, but not everything is bad. It is an adaptation season. I will be judged in the second. It is up to me to be in good shape next year. The group is good, I have met new people. For me it is a great experience. I still have four years on my contract, I hope be in good shape.
2020 05 18b Retrieve
[Eden Hazard back in Real Madrid training and aiming to be ready for La Liga restart] Very good to be back on the pitch to work with the boys. We now just have to wait for the games but I’m very happy. After two months out, I need more fitness and more [training] with the ball. So, I just want to be ready for the next game. Now [the training sessions] are better. The first week was a bit strange but now we can be back in the group and with goalkeepers as well, so it’s more like we want. So now we want to be all together and try to work as a group
2020 05 20 Retrieve
[Belgium boss Martinez signs extension through to 2022 World Cup in Qatar] Okay, let’s see what coach we will get. Suspense, suspense, suspense… no way… it can’t be him. Oh… Roberto. The coach has signed! That’s great. The coach has signed! Ole! Ole!
Hi Romelu! All well? Did you see the coach has signed? Yes, isn’t it great news? Ok, bye bye!
2020 05 24 Retrieve
[La Liga cleared to restart from June 8. Football’s suspension came at a good time for Hazard, who was set to miss around two months with a fractured ankle] Very good to be back on the pitch to work with the boys. We now just have to wait for the games but I’m very happy. After two months out, I need more fitness and more [training] with the ball. So, I just want to be ready for the next game
2020 06 06 Retrieve
[Hazard himself admitted with his characteristic modesty, he and his family had it far easier than most people during lockdown] We do what we can and we play a lot in the garden and the children follow school online. We can’t complain. I think there are many people who are having a worse time.
It’s been a year of transition. I will be judged on my second season. So, it is up to me to be in good shape next year.
[Hazard having openly admitted that his biggest struggle during lockdown was controlling his diet] It’s complicated for me. I’m trying not to eat a lot. I’m trying not to go into the pantry to eat a lot of buns, but it’s not easy. I’m working with the physio online. He can’t come here anymore because he fell ill and has to stay at home. We started 10 days ago, but he sends me videos from home. I’m working to strengthen my ankle and I’m doing what I can from home