In his statement, Hazard reflected on his remarkable career, stating, "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."

Throughout his career, Hazard had the privilege of working with exceptional managers, coaches, and teammates, and he expressed his gratitude to all those who contributed to his success. 

He also extended his thanks to the clubs he represented, including LOSC, Chelsea, and Real Madrid, as well as the Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA) for his time with the Belgian national team.

Hazard went on to convey his appreciation for his family, friends, advisors, and the people who stood by him through both the highs and lows of his career. He reserved a special message for his fans, acknowledging their unwavering support over the years.

"Now is the time to enjoy my loved ones and have new experiences. See you off the field soon, my friends," Hazard concluded.

Hazard ended his stint with Real Madrid some time ago

The decision to retire comes after a somewhat disappointing four-year stint at Real Madrid, during which Hazard struggled to meet the high expectations that accompanied his transfer from Chelsea. 

The Belgian had enjoyed a successful period in the Premier League, winning two titles with Chelsea and amassing 110 goals in 352 appearances for the club.

As Eden Hazard takes his final bow from the professional footballing arena, the football world looks back on a career filled with moments of brilliance and an enduring legacy that will be cherished by fans and remembered for generations to come.