- Eden Hazard wants Real Madrid CF to sign him.
- Hazard has just finished his World Cup campaign with Belgium, where he was one of the tournament’s most impressive players.
- He plays his club soccer at Premier League team Chelsea FC, but Real is in the market for a marquee player having just ratified the $US117 million sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
- Hazard now seemingly wants to replace Ronaldo at Real.
- A sports think tank in Switzerland says Hazard’s current market valuation is $US149.05 million.
- If Hazard is able to replicate his World Cup form at Spanish club Real, then it would clearly be money well spent.
- Read all of Business Insider’s World Cup coverage here »
Eden Hazard has launched an astonishing come-and-get-me plea.
Shortly after Belgium’s final match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Hazard, who plays his club-level soccer at Chelsea FC, claimed he would be willing to transfer away from the Premier League team.
He even said everybody will already know his “preferred destination,” according to Belgian outlet HLN, via Sky Sports.
“After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different,” he said. “Certainly after this World Cup. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.”
Hazard’s “preferred destination” is, of course, Real Madrid – that is no secret. Earlier this week he even told BeIN SPORTS that Real “is everyone’s dream.”
Hazard is a marquee player – precisely what Real Madrid needs
Belgium just finished third in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but may not have achieved its highest-ever finish in the prestigious competition had it not been for Hazard.
This is because Hazard had an incredible tournament. The 27-year-old returned an 81.7% pass completion rate, provided 15 goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates, and was responsible for five goals (he set-up two and scored three himself) in six games.
Hazard was consistently excellent from opening game to last and thrilled against traditionally-tough opposition like the technically-exquisite Japan, pre-tournament favourites Brazil, and set piece threats England in the third place playoff on Saturday.
It was Hazard’s direct play that was most impressive, though, as Hazard’s 46 completed dribbles in a single World Cup was the third-highest in the history of the entire tournament. Only Brazil flair player Jairzinho (47), and playmaking king Diego Maradona (53), achieved more in 1970 and 1986, respectively.
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Hazard is very clearly a marquee player, and Real will be in the market for that kind of signing after ratifying the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus for $US117 million.
According to CIES Football Observatory, a sports think tank in Switzerland, Real will not have to spend too much money on Hazard.
That’s because Hazard’s current valuation is $US149.05 million, meaning Real will only have to spend an additional $US32.05 million than the fee it received from the Ronaldo deal.
If Hazard can replicate his World Cup in Spain’s Primera División, it would clearly be money well spent.
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