Eden Hazard lifts lid on replacing Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid - 'It isn't easy'

Eden Hazard has said that it hasn't been easy taking over from Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid since the Belgian joined from Chelsea in the summer.


Posted Wednesday, October 30, 2019 by Express.co.uk

Eden Hazard lifts lid on replacing Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid - 'It isn't easy'
Eden Hazard lifts lid on replacing Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid - 'It isn't easy' (Image: GETTY)

Eden Hazard has scored once for Real this season, in a 4-2 win over Granada, and he's struggled to assert himself since moving to Spain.

Ronaldo left Real in the summer of 2018, a year before Hazard joined, for Juventus, who won Serie A for the eighth consecutive time with the Portuguese at the tip of their strike force.

Ronaldo also scored over 400 goals for Real during his nine years with the club.

Hazard's highest season tally for Chelsea, on the other hand, was 21, though he did score over 100 goals for the club during his seven years in west London.

But he's admitted that taking over from Ronaldo has been a hard task.

"Taking this shirt after Cristiano isn't easy, he's historic," Hazard said.

"We're going to give our all to win everything, we have to lift a trophy.

"I know the Champions League is important. I'm here to win it, it's important for everyone and myself included.

"I'm at the best club in the world and I hope to give my best."

Hazard also spoke of his decision to leave Chelsea for Real, stating that compatriot and ex-Blues team-mate Thibaut Courtois did all the convincing.

"[Thibaut] Courtois is someone I know well and in which I trust. He always told me it was the best club," he added.

"When he finished the World Cup in Russia I wanted to go to Madrid, I had already made the decision.

"It was not possible and I was another year Chelsea. That made the exit easier, Chelsea understood and let me out.

"I spoke to Florentino and told me that I expected in Madrid.

"After I spoke with Luka Modric and felt that everyone wanted me see at Real Madrid. And finally fulfilled."



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