In the most recent Leicester City news, Eden Hazard, the former Chelsea footballer, has officially announced his retirement from the sport. Leicester City has responded to this announcement by sending a message to their former player.
The ex-Chelsea star revealed the end of his playing career through an Instagram post on Tuesday morning. This decision follows his departure from Real Madrid as a free agent at the conclusion of the previous season. Throughout his career, he also had stints with Chelsea and Ligue 1 side Lille.
In his Instagram post, Hazard shared, “You must listen to yourself and say 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 realize 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.”
During his playing days, Hazard managed to score a total of 167 club goals. However, one goal, in particular, holds special significance for Leicester City supporters.
This notable goal occurred when Hazard scored the crucial equalizer for Chelsea in a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in May 2016. This goal completed an impressive comeback for Chelsea, as they were 2-0 down at half time, and it secured City’s first-ever Premier League championship.
In response to Hazard’s retirement post, Leicester City conveyed their best wishes to the 32-year-old, even though he never played for their club. Their message read: “All the best in your retirement, Eden,” accompanied by a trophy emoji.
Several former Leicester City players also sent messages to Hazard. Danny Drinkwater, who shared the field with Hazard at Chelsea, wrote, “It was a short period we spent together bro… but it was an honor! True magician. All the best.”
Former Belgian teammate Youri Tielemans expressed his gratitude, saying, “Thank you for making us dream and for everything you have given to football.” Anthony Knockaert, another former City player who is currently playing in France, added, “One of the greatest.”