Eden Hazard scores and assists in charity match in Calais to roll back the years – just a week following the Belgium and Chelsea icon’s retirement after leaving Real Madrid
- Eden Hazard has scored and assisted in a star-studded charity match in Calais
- It comes after the legendary Belgian retired aged 32 after leaving Real Madrid
- Listen to the latest episode of Mail Sport’s podcast ‘It’s All Kicking Off!’
Eden Hazard scored once and laid on three assists in a charity match in Calais – just a week after retiring from professional football.
The iconic trickster wore the No 10 shirt for Le Varietes Club de France against Team Calais in a star-studded match.
Positioned on the right wing, Hazard caused mayhem in a front three alongside Robert Pires, who he assisted, and Ludovic Giuly.
In the midfield of the 4-3-3 formation was Didier Deschamps, Claude Puel, and Yohan Cabaye.
The backline featured Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Blanc, Daniel Van Buyten, and Christian Karembeu while Jens Lehmann was between the sticks.
Eden Hazard has proven he still has quality by scoring and assisting in a charity match following his retirement last week
The former Chelsea and Belgium favourite converted a neat finish for Varietes CF
Kylian Mbappe’s dad, Wilfried, was on the bench.
The match raised roughly £12,900 for a charity helping children and teenagers in hospital called Pieces Jaunes (Yellow Pieces).
Hazard, a former Chelsea, Belgium, and Real Madrid star, proved he could still dazzle.
He confirmed his decision to retire on social media last week after leaving Real Madrid over the summer.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘You must listen to yourself and say stop at the right time.
Hazard played alongside a star-studded team including ex-France international and Real Madrid midfielder Christian Karembeu
The match raised roughly £12,900 for a charity which helps kids and teenagers in hospital
‘After 16 years and more than 700 matches played, I have decided to end my career as a professional footballer.
‘I was able to realise my dream, I have played and had fun on many pitches around the world.
‘During my career I was lucky to meet great managers, coaches and teammates – thank you to everyone for these great times, I will miss you all.
‘I also want to thank the clubs I have played for: LOSC, Chelsea and Real Madrid; and thank the RBFA for my Belgian Selection.
‘A special thank you to my family, my friends, my advisors and the people who have been close to me in good times and bad.
Hazard made a lasting impact at Chelsea during his seven years with the west London side
Hazard was instrumental in the Blues winning multiple titles – including two Europa Leagues – during his time in west London
The winger won two Premier League titles during his seven-year stint with the Blues
‘Finally, a huge thank you to you, my fans, who have followed me for all these years and for your encouragement everywhere I have played.
‘Now is the time to enjoy my loved ones and have new experiences. See you off the field soon my friends’.
Hazard won the Premier League twice and the PFA Player of the Year award at Chelsea, and also secured two La Liga titles and the Champions League with Real Madrid.
However, the Belgian winger suffered a colossal 18 separate injuries during his spell in the Spanish capital, ruling him out of 95 games for club and country.
At Chelsea, the Belgian was rarely injured and notched 110 goals and 92 assists in 352 appearances for the Blues.
Despite clinching six titles at Madrid, his stint at the club will not be fondly remembered
Despite playing a bit-part role in Madrid, Hazard still managed to claim six titles – having also won the Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
During his time with the Blues, Hazard also won two Europa League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup.
Individually, Hazard was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season during the 2014–15 campaign.
He also won the Chelsea Player of the Year award four times.
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