By Emmanuel Adeleke
Former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger, Eden Hazard, has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 32.
Hazard made the announcement via a post on his Instagram page, on Tuesday.
“You must listen to yourself and stay stop at the right time.
“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 team-mates – thank you to everyone for these great times, I will miss you all,” he wrote.
Hazard, named PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2015, added: “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.
“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,” he added
Chelsea signed Hazard for £32 million from Lille in 2012, and he made 352 appearances for the club, scoring 110 goals.
He won two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues, FA Cup and League Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.
In July 2019, Hazard joined Real Madrid in a deal worth a club-record £130 million.
Hazard signed an initial five-year deal until 2024, but his time at the Bernabeu was beset by injuries and poor form.
During his time at Real, he scored seven goals in 76 appearances.
He won two LaLiga titles, one Champions League and one Copa Del Rey with Real Madrid.