Eden Hazard‘s latest injury setback for Real Madrid has greatly frustrated Zinedine Zidane and all involved with Los Blancos, with the Belgian star set to miss the next six weeks of La Liga action as well as the Champions League last 16 clash with Atalanta.
Samuel Eto’o in 2014: “Ronaldinho was the best player in the world. But at a certain moment, if you don’t train everyday, you will pay for it. You can be Messi, if you don’t train Mr Eden Hazard after 2 years we will forget you. Football moves fast.” (BeIN)pic.twitter.com/dbndFLRlIV
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) February 3, 2021
The Belgian has missed 43 games since joining Madrid from Chelsea in the summer of 2019, featuring in just 35. He was supposed to be a Galactico, one of the men who’d help Real Madrid return to Europe’s elite post-Cristiano Ronaldo.
For Samuel Eto’o, the Cameroonian striker best-known for his time with Barcelona, the manner in which Hazard has looked after himself has been the reason for his body breaking down as he enters his late 20s. He back in 2014 compared him to Ronaldinho, who didn’t look after his fitness like he should have and suffered a steep late-career decline.
Despite costing Madrid in the region of €115m, Hazard has been unable to recapture the form that saw him star with Chelsea and Belgium. He’s scored four goals and contributed seven assists in a season-and-a-half in the Spanish capital, a paltry return for a footballer of his calibre.