Real Madrid have got off to a blistering start to their season, winning nine out of nine games across all competitions. Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo have led the team’s charge and continue to score goals with ease.
However, one forward player who has got off to a rocky start this season is Eden Hazard. After all, that has been the story for the Belgian ever since he joined the club in 2019.
The player is currently on international duty with Belgium and spoke about his situation at Real Madrid during the camp. When quizzed about the topic, he did not hold back and openly spoke about how he wanted to play more minutes.
The ex-Chelsea forward also insisted that he deserved more game-time purely on merit and added that the situation was complicated.
“There have been difficult times because I want to play and I don’t play. I feel good at Real Madrid, I just play less. And when I play, I play well. It’s a delicate situation because I want to play more,” he said after Belgium’s victory over Wales (h/t MARCA).
Hazard has only participated in four of Real Madrid’s eight games this season and has started just one. In that duration, he has found the back of the net only once.
Needless to say, his lack of game-time at the club level is a serious concern for the Belgian national team, especially given that the World Cup is right around the corner.
“I want to scratch the maximum number of minutes and get to the World Cup in shape,” he added.
Hazard can turn his situation around with a good run of form in the coming weeks, but it will be anything but easy for the once-revered wing-wizard.
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.