Eden Hazard who is surely a legendary footballer in Belgium has made a very surprising announcement today as he confirmed that he has retired from international football at the age of 31.
Now this was not very unusual as it is now accepted by Belgium supporters that the era of their golden generation has finally ended and now it’s time for the ‘old guard’ to peacefully step aside in order to give chances to the youth generation. Belgium did not have a good tournament in Qatar as they were shockingly knocked out of the group stage and this happened because they suffered an unthinkable defeat against Morocco.
Eden Hazard announces retirement from international football
He wrote a very emotional quote on Instagram about his retirement, “I have decided to put an end to my international career. The succession is ready, A page turns today… Thank you for your love. Thank you for your unparalleled support. Thank you for all this happiness shared since 2008… I will miss you.” And since his retirement several footballers have paid tribute to him with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Lukaku and even the Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior.
Hazard made his international debut in 2008 at just age of just 17 against Luxembourg and since then has had an incredible career for his nation. He has scored 33 goals and provided 33 assists in 126 matches for the Red Devils.
He was one of the most crucial players in Belgium’s run in the 2018 World Cup all the way to the semi-finals. But in the semis, they lost to the World Champions France and for the third place match, they still defeated mighty England. All in all, Eden Hazard would absolutely be considered as one of the greats to ever play the game and his nation would surely miss him.