Eden Hazard, who participated as the Belgian national team at the World Cup in Qatar last year, confessed that he did not want to play for Belgium at the World Cup.
Britain’s Daily Mail reported on the 13th (Korean time), “Hazard admitted that he did not like playing for Belgium at the World Cup.”
Hazard, who was a Belgian ace, started two out of three matches in the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar. He started the first leg against Canada and helped them win 1–0, but lost the second leg against Morocco 0–2. The 3rd match against Croatia, where he played as a substitute, was 0-0 and ended up being eliminated in the group stage.
Hazard, who was 32 years old, announced his retirement from the national team after the group stage elimination was confirmed.
About three months after retirement, Hazard said, “I thought I would end my national team career after the World Cup. It was time,” he explained the background of his retirement.
The point of retirement was from the 2021 European Championships. “I started thinking about retiring after that tournament,” Hazard said. “I had an ankle injury and I tried my best to come back, but I couldn’t play in the quarterfinals against Italy. Mentally, it was a big change.” 토토사이트
He added, “My teammate Toni Kroos told me that I could spend more time with my family after retiring from the national team two years ago.”
He confessed that he did not want to play in the World Cup.
“New players came knocking on the door,” Hazard said. “I didn’t like playing for Belgium and not playing for Real Madrid. There was a new generation of players who deserved to play in Belgium.”
Meanwhile, Hazard is having a rough time at his club, Real Madrid. Due to his injury and self-management failure, he has only played in 7 games this season. Of those, only 3 started appearances.
He left Chelsea to join Real Madrid in 2019 as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, but he has never met fans’ expectations.
Hazard, whose contract expires in June next year, has expressed his desire to remain with the team until the contract expires.