Through a combination of poor form and injuries, Eden Hazard’s tenure at Real Madrid so far has been a nightmare. The Belgian international was the chosen one to replace Cristiano Ronaldo as the club’s talisman, but his career graph has only moved downward ever since.
According to reports from MARCA, the former Chelsea player worked hard in the summer to return in his best shape. His hard work has paid off as Carlo Ancelotti and his staff were impressed by his fitness level in the first pre-season training session.
It is Hazard’s dream to play and conquer with Real Madrid, as he has revealed innumerable times. Though he is now a Champions League winner with Los Blancos, it is not difficult to understand why he is not satisfied with the accomplishment.
During the celebrations after the UCL win, he promised in front of half a million fans that he would return to his original best.
“Madridistas, I have been here for three years with many injuries. But next year, I’m going to give everything for you.”
The addition of a fully fit and raring Hazard to Ancelotti’s side would elevate them to another level. The Belgian’s newfound dedication is a major step in that direction, but it is equally important to know that his recent surgery has almost completely eliminated his ankle discomfort.
Last season, Hazard only participated in 18 league matches and provided one assist. Moreover, he only participated in three Champions League games.
The Belgian wing-wizard will face competition from Rodrygo Goes and Marco Asensio to fill the third spot in the forward line. Nevertheless, the world knows that an in-form Hazard would not be threatened even by the best in the world.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.