Eden Michael Hazard is a Belgian professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for the Spanish club side, Real Madrid and Belgium national team.
Eden Hazard was born on January 7, 1991 to footballer parents, Thiery and Carine Hazard.
His father, Thiery had spent most of his career with La Louviere in the Belgian second division while his mother had played at the Belgian Women’s First Division.
Hazard is the eldest of four children and grew up alongside hsi three brothers, Thorgan, Kylian and Ethan who are also footballers.
Eden Hazard Stats
- Full Name: Eden Michael Hazard
- Date of Birth: January 7, 1991
- Place of Birth: La Louviere, Belgium
- Height: 5 ft 8 in
- Current Club: Real Madrid
- Position: Midfielder
- Former clubs: Royal Stade Brainos, Tubize, Lille, Chelsea
- Spouse: Natasha Van Honacker
Eden is known for his dominating style of play. He has a phenomenal speed, a good dribbler and excellent ball control. He is also a good goal score which has earned a comparison with top footballers like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Eden Hazard started his career with his hometown club Royal Stade Brainos at a tender age of four. He spent eight years at the club before moving to Tubize.
Eden was then spotted by a Lille scout while playing ina local tournament at Tubize.
He joined Lille in 2005 and trained at their local sports school for two years. He signed his professional contract on a three year deal with Lille on May 28, 2007.
After playing at the amateur level for sometime, he got promoted to the senior team during the 2008-09 season under manager Rudi Garcia and these had seen him with a three year contract extension at Lille.
Hazard was signed by Chelsea on June 4, 2012 with a transfer fee of E32 million. He made his competitive debut for Chelsea in the 2012 FA Community Shield against Manchester City which ended up in a 3-2 defeat at Villa Park.
Eden Hazard was signed by Real Madrid on June 7, 2019 for a reported fee of E88.5 million, which may rise to E130 million due to additional fees. On June 13, 2019, he was officially unveiled to thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Eden Hazard got married to his childhood love, Natasha Van Honacker in 2012 at a private ceremony.
The love birds had met when he was 14 years old while they attended the same school.
Him and his wife, Natasha welcomed their first son, Yannis on December 19, 2010, their second son Leo on February 2013 and the third sob, Sammy in September 2015.
Awards & Honors
Eden Hazard has won numerous awards which include:
- UNFP Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year: 2008-09, 2009-10
- UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year: 2010- 11, 2011- 12
- UNFP Ligue Player of the Month: March 2010, March 2011, March 2012, April 2012
- Bravo Awards: 2011
- Premier League Player of the Season: 2014-15
- Premier League Playmaker of the Season: 2018-19
- PFA Young Player of the Year: 2013-14
- PFA Fans Player of the Year: 2018-19
- Chelsea’s Player of the Year: 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17, 2018-19
- FWA Footballer of the Year: 2014-15
- Belgian Golden Shoe: 2017
- FIFA World Cup Silver Ball: 2019
- Belgian Sportsman of the Year: 2018
Hazard signed a sponsorship deal with the sportswear company, Nike in 2012. He also appeared in an advert for the Nike Green Speed II alongside Theo Walcott, Mario Gotze, Raheem Sterling, Christian Eriksen and Stephen El Shaarwy.
He also featured on the cover of EA Sports’ FIFA video game FIFA 15 with Lionel Messi. Hazard alongside, Marco Reus, James Rodriguez and Anthony Martial were announced as the official ambassadors of the game and unveiled as the new face of the FIFA 17 game.
He has also been appearing in adverts for Belgium based Lotus Bakeries since March 2016.
He also became a part-owner of expansion North American soccer league Franchise SanDiego 1904 FC to begin play in 2018 alongside Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sow.
Eden Hazard is one of the most influential Belgian footballer with an estimated net worth of $100m.
Social Media Profile
Twitter @Eden Hazard 10