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Misfiring Real Madrid superstar the sixth highest-paid footballer in 2022 – report

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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.

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‘Give everything to win’ – Real Madrid UCL hero ready for Barcelona challenge

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Andriy Lunin was Real Madrid’s main protagonist in the club’s narrow win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Lunin is going to be in focus once again as Real Madrid brace themselves for another important encounter against Barcelona.

Speaking ahead of this crucial tie, Lunin talked about how Real Madrid will put the title race to an end if they can secure a win over Barça.

Lunin on Barcelona – Real Madrid clash

“It is clear that Clásico is a very important match. We are all clear that winning this Sunday can almost solve the League,” Lunin told TVE (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“We have prepared ourselves in the best possible way to take three points, which are very important.”

Real Madrid are indeed heading into this game with a solid eight-point lead over Barcelona in the league table.

A win this evening could help them extend that gap to 11 points, effectively ruling Barça out of the title race.

Lunin is focused ahead of the Barcelona tie (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid have attained an excellent record against Barcelona of late. Lunin, though, believes past encounters do not matter in a Clasico.

“In a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona the things that have happened are forgotten and everyone is concentrating,” the Ukrainian added.

Lunin went on to talk about Real Madrid’s gruelling schedule, with the Spanish giants coming on the back of a 120-minute encounter against Man City.

“It is true that last stretch of the season is very demanding. The team played 120 minutes in Manchester, it was good to suffer and overcome difficulties. Now we have Barça at home, with our people and we have no choice but to give everything to win,” he said.

Lunin also talked about his watered-down celebration following his penalty heroics against Man City, adding, “I am a quiet and rather shy person, but within me, I had tremendous joy. I already said after the game that I was the happiest person in the world.”

Finally, the goalkeeper was asked about his future at Real Madrid, with his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expiring in 2025.

“Real Madrid has been a dream since I was little, but now it is time for the most important games of the season and we have to be focused because we have to get the best result from what we have left. Then we will talk about the papers (contract) and other things,” he concluded.

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