Eden Hazard at Real Madrid has become the worst transfer ever
Eden Hazard’s Real Madrid dream quickly turned into the kind of bedwetting nightmare that would make a child run to his mom for help.
Signed from Chelsea for an initial £ 89million in a deal that could reach up to £ 150million, the Belgian is not only just getting started at the Santiago Bernabeu yet, but he doesn’t has not yet been close.
To date, Hazard has managed a comeback of four goals and seven assists in 35 appearances in a season and a half. These aren’t the sort of numbers you might expect from a man billed as one of the best in the world and the “brand” successor to Cristiano Ronaldo.
He managed to contribute 11 goals, but Hazard has just been sent off with his ninth injury since joining Real Madrid, as he was reduced to making fun of Burger King.
The Belgian – arrived several kilos overweight – missed more games than he played, which would be worrying enough even if Hazard joined him for free.
He has had exactly three times as many injuries in Madrid as he has had La Liga goals.
With all of these struggles Hazard is a very serious contender for the worst transfer ever, but whose fault is that?
At some point Madrid are going to have to accept some responsibility for how badly this deal has gone, and all because of their ridiculous decision to break the bank to sign it in 2019.
Hazard’s injury issues are serious, but their impact is only felt so strongly due to the cost of signing. It cost £ 89million up front, but realistically its price shouldn’t have come close to that.
Then 28, Hazard had made it clear that he was not going to sign a new contract at Chelsea and that he was only going to sign for Real Madrid. He had 12 months left on his current contract and had Les Bleus’ backs against the wall.
It was Chelsea who were under pressure to sell. The 13-time European champions were not under pressure to buy.
They could have waited 12 months and would have signed 100% Hazard on a free transfer, but it seems the powers that be at the Bernabeu have forgotten that.
Instead, they spent a lot to get an extra year of Hazard. Another year in which he scored a goal. A.
Chelsea were not allowed to get significant fees for Hazard, not least because he was 28 at the time. Of course, he wasn’t declining at this point, but he was never going to give Madrid a decade of service. In contrast, Atletico Madrid paid £ 113million to sign 19-year-old Joao Felix two days earlier, but that wasn’t even used as a benchmark.
It feels like their Champions League elimination at the hands of Ajax in March this year shattered Real, who felt the need to respond by signing a blockbuster. They necessary being feared by all teams on the planet, and splashing was the only way to achieve that.
They opted for Hazard, committing up to £ 150million in transfer fees and the best part of £ 400,000 a week to sign the aging winger on a five-year contract.
Did Florentino Perez seriously think he was worth that money at 33? Hasn’t he learned anything from Gareth Bale?
There is no doubt about the quality of Hazard. He has been sensational for Chelsea, fully deserving of his high reputation, and we’ve seen flashes of the Belgian in Spain that suggest the talent is still there, but he couldn’t go.
While you can argue that Real could never have predicted Hazard’s injuries – he only had eight injuries in seven years at Chelsea after all – there should have been a lot more caution in investing in a player who had spent all his time in England getting kicked. pillar in post by the defenders.
While Chelsea fans were devastated to see Hazard leave, they were set to throw street parties to celebrate another masterclass from transfer chief Marina Granovskaia, who surely should have been forced to accept lower fees. Bayern Munich sold Thiago to Liverpool for under £ 30million last summer because they were in exactly the same situation. Barcelona let Luis Suarez leave for less than £ 6million.
Being so caught up in his own reputation, Los Blancos have put logic aside and gutted the bank to sign Hazard, whose legacy is tarnished because he is billed like that £ 150million player he was never meant to be.
With the onset of the financial crisis accelerated by a pandemic in Madrid and elsewhere, he will be a tough player to sell – as much as the club want him to be.
Real Madrid fans can argue that Hazard ruined the club, but frankly, it was Real Madrid that ruined Hazard as much.
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