German midfielder Toni Kroos’ expression on Eden Hazard’s journey paints a vivid image of a career that could have seen better days.
The Premier League’s dazzling star Eden Hazard was welcomed into Real Madrid’s fold with grandeur in 2019. A grand fee of €100 million was paid by Real Madrid to sign Hazard from Chelsea.
Unfortunately, the grand expectations surrounding Hazard’s move faced a crippling blow as his tenure with Madrid was marred by a series of unfortunate injuries.
Despite the anticipation, the Belgian ace was unable to rise to the occasion, struggling to replicate his Premier League form on Spanish soil.
When news broke in early June that Eden Hazard was set to part ways with Madrid at the end of the 22/23 season, it served as a bitter reminder of a journey that held much promise but was left unfulfilled.
Adding to this sentiment, Toni Kroos expressed his views on his podcast, Einfach mal Luppen. His remarks on Hazard’s tenure were somewhat biting, highlighting the disappointment that accompanied the Belgian’s performance with Madrid.
“We had another player who came for a lot of money and essentially let his career die,” Kroos stated, alluding to the hefty price tag attached to Hazard’s transfer and the consequent lack of return on the investment.
Despite his struggles, Hazard wore the Madrid jersey 76 times, contributing a total of seven goals. The numbers may not be reflective of the star player the Belgian was known to be, but they do paint a picture of a player who strived despite setbacks.
Moreover, his time with Madrid was not devoid of silverware. With two La Liga titles, a Copa del Rey, a Supercopa de Espana, a Champions League, and a UEFA Super Cup to his name, Eden Hazard was a part of some memorable victories for the club.