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.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.