Chelsea fans had a sensitive response to Eden Hazard last night after he failed to convince once again in a Real Madrid shirt.
Zinedine Zidane’s side was knocked out of the Supercopa de Espana by Athletic Bilbao and inquests rained down upon the Belgian’s contribution.
Squawka Football Tweeted out that Hazard had failed to accomplish a single-take on before he was removed just after the hour mark.
This kind of damming statistic was virtually non-existent during his seven glorious years at Chelsea.
Between his Premier League debut in 2012 and his final appearance in 2019, he had completed nearly 300 dribbles more than anyone in the division (Sky Sports).
The transformation has been startling since he signed for Madrid and his latest display was enough for some supporters to urge him back to Stamford Bridge.
Almost a decade ago, Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille for £32m (BBC Sport) as an exciting young talent who had captivated the attention of many across Europe.
Two league titles, over 100 goals and endless individual honours later, the Belgian had scribed his name into the Blues folk law.
His fantasy has swiftly become a nightmare with injury Armageddon ensuing. Hazard has only made 32 appearances for Los Blancos in two seasons, scoring just three goals.
The rare occasions he’s been able to play have been nothing but shadows of his former self. People were quick to point out that the start of his spiral began when he left London.
Aged 30, Hazard’s career is gradually coming to a close, but nobody expected it to take such a disappointing turn.
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Eden Hazard defined a generation of football for me when I was growing up, and will forever be one of the reasons I treasure the sport so dearly.
This makes the situation even more heart-breaking, to see such a mercurial enigma fall by the wayside and crash into a bottomless pit below.
He will always be cherished by Chelsea fans no matter what becomes of his Real Madrid nightmare, and I for one would sign any petition for his rescue.