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Eden Hazard isn’t just one of the greatest players to pull on a blue jersey, but arguably one of the best to grace the Premier League. It can also be argued that Chelsea were responsible for providing the world with his famous footwork and goalscoring abilities.
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The Blues snapped up the Belgian when he was just 21, signing him for a fee of £32m from Lille (via BBC Sport). Hazard was in seriously impressive form in France, scoring 20 league goals in his final season, but his success with the west London outfit is what put him on the radar of current club Real Madrid.
Across the winger’s seven years at Stamford Bridge, he made 352 appearances across all competitions, tallying 110 goals and 92 assists (via Transfermarkt). His efforts put him among the club’s 10 highest goal-scorers of all time, sharing similar glory to club greats like Jimmy Greaves and Didier Drogba, and he also won the PFA Player of the Year award in 2015.
Hazard also led his side to plenty of silverware, adding two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one EFL Cup and two Europa League trophies to the Chelsea cabinet. When he reached both 15 goals and 15 assists during the 2018/19 season, he became only the fourth player in Premier League history to manage that feat, along with Thierry Henry, Matt Le Tissier and Eric Cantona, as per premierleague.com.
He broke the hearts of many Blues fans when Real Madrid came knocking for his signature. Los Blancos splashed a mammoth £103.5m on the Belgian, who has since tallied eight goal-scoring contributions for the La Liga giants.
Hazard joined Chelsea hoping he would be viewed as good enough to become a regular senior player. “If I play well enough at Chelsea, I could win my place in the starting team,” he said when he signed eight years ago. Little did he know that he would go on to become one of the most iconic players to ever represent Chelsea and, indeed, the Premier League itself.
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