Since his £32million transfer from Lille in 2012, Eden Hazard has provided a number of truly memorable moments for Chelsea, whether that be goals, assists, pieces of skill or fights with ball boys.
Hazard has helped the Blues win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a two Europa League trophies in his six years at Stamford Bridge, establishing himself as one of the world’s best players in that time.
Following his sensational move to Spanish giants, Real Madrid, Duah Alonso Michael takes a look at just a few of the Belgian’s most memorable moments for Chelsea Football Club.
Hazard made his debut against the Latics in 2012 after moving to London in a high-profile transfer from Lille, and immediately provided a real sign of things to come. The Belgium international provided two assists – setting up Branislav Ivanovic and winning a penalty which Frank Lampard converted – as the Blues beat Wigan 2-0.
Hazard named this game as one of his top three moments in a Chelsea shirt, but the way the Blues have started the season, there’s every chance he could create some more special moments this season.
Later in the 2012-13 season, Hazard’s splendid individual goal in stoppage time sent Chelsea through to the round of 16 in the Europa League. Running towards the defence, Hazard cut inside, taking out three players simultaneously, before slamming the ball into the back of the net with his weaker foot.
The west London side went on to win the competition, beating Benfica 2-1 in the final with Rafa Benitez as interim manager.
Hazard dropped the Man City defender to the floor with this turn in the 2013-14 season. This wasn’t the ageing right-back who’s currently at West Ham, this was Zabaleta in his prime, a man considered a legend at the Etihad.
But Hazard made him do the splits with this dazzling spin on the wing – a moment which Zabaleta will most likely want to forget.
After a difficult 2015-16 season, Hazard popped up to score the goal which shattered the slim chance Tottenham had of winning the Premier League title. Eight points behind Leicester, Spurs had to win at Stamford Bridge or else the title would belong to Leicester City.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went 2-0 up in a fiery encounter, but the home side pulled one back through Gary Cahill before Hazard stepped forward as Chelsea’s – and Leicester’s – hero.
While it wasn’t the best season Chelsea, who finished 10th, or Hazard, the forward served a timely reminder of his class – made all the sweeter by the hurt it caused the Blues’ London rivals.
Arguably Hazard’s most breathtaking goal in a Blues shirt came against the Gunners the 2016-17 season.
Collecting the ball on the halfway line, the Belgian drifted forwards, shrugging off challenges from Arsenal defenders before feinting left once he reaches the box and then directing the ball past Petr Cech in goal.
But the real highlight of this clip is Francis Coquelin haplessly collapsing after he attempted to barge Hazard off the ball. The 3-1 win in February tightened Chelsea’s grip at the top of the table, and it proved a key moment as Chelsea went on to win the league in Conte’s inaugural season.
OK, so this one didn’t actually go in, but it was still a quite brilliant moment from the 2016-17 season as the 27-year-old ever so nearly pulled off one of the greatest Premier League goals of all time.
We’re going to hold this against Artur Boruc for a long time.
Hazard’s penalty was the difference between Manchester United and Chelsea in the 2018 FA Cup Final.
Chelsea had stuttered all season in Antonio Conte’s final campaign, but Hazard produced the game’s decisive moment of quality to secure a 1-0 victory – and condemn Phil Jones to a lifetime of nightmares about the forward.
Liverpool have enjoyed a bright start to the current campaign, but Hazard ended their hopes in the League Cup with another brilliant solo goal. The Blues ran out 2-1 winners to hand the Reds their first defeat of the season, and it was the Belgian who came up with an unstoppable moment of quality.
“It’s a fantastic goal. Not only the beauty of it but for the time he scored it, not only is Hazard one of the best in the Premier League – if not the best – but he is one of the best in Europe and the world.” Gianfranco Zola said after the game.
Hazard’s incident against the ball boy.
Eden Hazard was directly involved in three goals during Chelsea FC’s dominant 2018/2019 UEFA Europa League final win over Arsenal in Baku, Azerbaijan in his final game for the Stamford Bridge side.
At the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Hazard produced five dribbles, returned an 87% passing accuracy, tallied five goalscoring opportunities for his teammates, and scored two goals from three shots. He was, by far, the best player on the pitch and confirmed his departure from the Blues after the game.