Eden Hazard has been described as the “worst trainer” that one of his former teammates has ever played with.
Hazard was a mercurial talent during his days with Chelsea. He scored 110 goals and added 92 assists during his seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge. However, he has not lived up to expectations since joining Real Madrid as a ‘galactico’ signing in 2019.
The Belgian winger only managed one goal from 16 appearances in his debut La Liga season. This time around, he has only been able to make nine league appearances, scoring twice.
It has hardly been the form of a player who cost a nine-figure sum and someone who was once in contention to rival Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or.
Now, one of the reasons for Hazard’s downfall has been documented by former teammate John Obi Mikel.
The ex-Chelsea midfielder, now at Stoke, spent several years playing in the same squad as Hazard. Despite his teammate’s talent, Mikel says the 30-year-old’s attitude has cost him.
“When we were training, he’d stand and wait for us until we finished,” he said (via Football Espana). “He was the laziest player, but then on Sundays he was always the best in the game. He was incredible.
“I’ve always said that Hazard is one of the most gifted players. He had it all: power, skill, technique. He was right behind Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But only if he wanted it.
“He sometimes said ‘yes, I want to be so good, I can be. Not as good as Messi because he’s from another planet, but I think I can be close to Cristiano and even better’.
“Those were the words that came out of his mouth, but he’s not that dedicated. He doesn’t train well. He’s the worst trainer I’ve ever played with.”
Hazard frustration increases
Hazard is currently out with another injury and is considering a third ankle operation.
That will rule him out of Madrid’s Champions League clash with Liverpool next month – much to his frustration.
According to Defensa Central, he is disappointed he will be unable to add to his positive record against Liverpool from his time in the Premier League.
The report claims Hazard viewed the matchup as one in which he could have proven his worth, were it not for injury to wreck his fortunes once again.
In the best-case scenario, though, he could still make it back in time for the second leg.