Eden Hazard has had a difficult time since joining Real Madrid. The Belgian superstar arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2019, after leading Chelsea to the UEFA Europa League triumph.
Expectations were sky-high given his standing as one of the best in the game at the time. However, injury problems and fitness issues have meant that the wing-wizard has looked like a pale shadow of his past self in the Spanish capital.
So much so that Real Madrid have made attempts to offload Hazard in the past, but have been unsuccessful. The 31-year-old, meanwhile, is keen on staying at the club to turn his career around and achieve success.
While Hazard might have struggled to do well on the pitch, the Belgian international continues to do well for himself in the financial sense.
Indeed, as per Bleacher Report, Hazard is currently the sixth highest-paid footballer in 2022. The former Chelsea wing-wizard pockets a yearly salary of around $28.8 million and gets paid close to $2.5 million for endorsements.
His yearly earnings, in total, are said to be $31.3 million, making him the sixth highest on the list of best-paid footballers in 2022.
The chart is headed by PSG superstar and former Real Madrid transfer target Kylian Mbappe, who will earn $125 million in 2022, following his lucrative contract renewal. Cristiano Ronaldo ($113 million) and Lionel Messi ($110 million) are second and third on the list, respectively.
Hazard, whose Real Madrid contract runs until 2024, has featured just four times so far in the new campaign, scoring and assisting one goal apiece.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.