The 32-year-old Hazard’s retirement comes after four years of injury and fitness struggles at Real Madrid. Although Hazard won two LaLiga titles and a Champions League crown with Madrid, he’ll be best remembered for his time at Chelsea in the Premier League, where he netted 106 goals in 332 matches played across all competitions.
“You must listen to yourself and say stop at the right time,” Hazard wrote in an Instagram post.
“After 16 years and more than 700 matches played, I have decided to end my career as a professional footballer. I was able to realise my dream, I have played and had fun on many pitches around the world.”
Former teammates of Hazard shared messages on social media.