Eden Hazard has been handed Real Madrid’s iconic No.7 shirt following his stunning £100 million move from Chelsea.
The Spanish giants released the numbers for the new season with Hazard been given the No.7 shirt, which was previously worn by club legends Raul and Cristiano Ronaldo.
On Wednesday, the Belgium maestro opened his Real Madrid goal-scoring account in glorious style.
He provided a glimpse of his enormous potential by scoring a superb goal against Red Bull Salzburg in the club’s penultimate pre-season game before their La Liga opener.
From the left-wing, the 28-year-old cut on to his right-foot and skipped past a defender with absolute ease before unleashing a stinging strike into the back of the net. Ladies and gentleman, Eden Hazard has officially arrived. What a goal.
Real Madrid signed Hazard from Chelsea in a transfer worth up to £100 million earlier this summer, but it’s been an unflattering pre-season for player who has been accused of being overweight.
But Hazard’s former Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas has defended his physical condition.
“They talk a lot about his weight. It seems like people haven’t seen the Premier League for the last seven years,” he said. “Maybe in pre-season things are a bit harder but you have to give him time, not just for his physical state but because he has to adapt to a new philosophy, another type of play, other pressures.
“Madrid and Barca have pressures of all kinds and I think he didn’t even know. I’m sure Eden will do well because he’s a crack and I have no doubts about him.”
Real Madrid play AS Roma on Sunday before kicking-off their campaign away at Celta Vigo on August 17.
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