Real Madrid embattled footballer, Eden Hazard has apologized for laughing and joking with Chelsea’s players immediately after the Premier League club knocked out Madrid from the Champions League.
Recall that the 30-year-old Belgian star played for Chelsea between 2012 and 2019 before he left the club to join Real Madrid in July 2019 for a transfer fee worth €115million.
Before he left the Premier League club, the winger scored a whopping 110 goals and provided 92 assists in 352 appearances. But in Spain, Hazard has been a shadow of his former self, thanks to injuries, fitness issues, and lack of form.
Hence, he was under intense criticism on Wednesday night and Thursday after visuals surfaced in which he was seen around Chelsea players joking and laughing with them minutes after Real Madrid’s journey ended in the Champions League.
Recall that Real Madrid visited Stamford Bridge for the return leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final round. The first leg ended 1-1 in Spain which meant that the Spanish giants had to draw 2-2 or beat Chelsea to qualify for the final of the competition.
The coach of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, allowed Eden Hazard to play 89 minutes of the match but was not able to make much impact until he was substituted.
At the end of 90 minutes of football, Real Madrid were not able to stop Chelsea from beating them 2-0 at Stamford Bridge which means that the journey of the Spanish giants ended in the competition 3-1 on aggregate.
Despite the failure of Eden Hazard to help Real Madrid make it to the final of the competition, the Belgium international showed no remorse for the misfortunes of the club against Chelsea.
We will always love @hazardeden10 💙pic.twitter.com/qeXgGg0D4o— Pys (@CFCPys) May 5, 2021
Hence, most fans of the club demanded that he should apologize for not being sensitive to the plight of the club. While some urged Madrid to sell the winger who has not been effective in the past two seasons at the club.
In his reaction to the agitation against him, he issued a press statement saying that he didn’t mean to offend any fan of the club.
He wrote: “I am sorry. I have read lots of opinions about me today and it was not my intention to offend any Real Madrid fans.
“It has always been my dream to play for Real Madrid and I came here to win. The season is not over and together we must battle for La Liga! Hala Madrid!”
It is left to see whether Real Madrid fans would forgive the Belgium international and that would have been best determined if fans were allowed into match venues during football games.