Real Madrid are probably the biggest club in the world. A team with a massive history for housing the best talent in the world of football, and 11 Champions League victories to boot, a record.
A dream move for any player with ambitions of being the best player in the world; with Cristiano Ronaldo the best of all examples. The Portuguese sensation won the Ballon d’Or while at Manchester United, but his £80 million move to the Santiago Bernabeu has made him the global phenomenon he is today.
Eden Hazard is the latest Premier League superstar to be linked with a move to Zinedine Zidane’s champions of Europe, after a stellar campaign at Chelsea.
The Belgian has recovered from a poor 2015/16 season, when the Blues’ title defence was so poor it cost their legendary boss Jose Mourinho his job. After criticism for his lack of performance throughout the season, and then again at Euro 2016 when the Red Devils were dumped out by a spirited Wales side, Hazard has hit back, and is on course to win the Premier League player of the year award for the second time in three years.
Despite all the obvious positive aspects of a move to Madrid, there are plenty of downsides to the move, just ask Isco and James Rodriguez.
Both signed after showing immense promise at their former clubs, Rodriguez in particular was perhaps the best performing player at the 2014 World Cup, but have failed to break into the side, as a result of the quality of player already at the club.
On reflection, would Hazard get into the strongest Real Madrid side?
He’s not a better playmaker than either Luka Modric or Toni Kroos, that’s for sure. The pair of midfielders are perhaps the best in the world, with their combination of passing and pressing a joy to behold for Zidane.
Moving forward, is Hazard a better winger than either Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale? My answer would certainly be no. Ronaldo is one of the best to ever grace a football field, and Bale has established himself as a truly world-class winger since his £85 million move from Tottenham.
The only viable way that I can see Hazard breaking into the Madrid side is if Ronaldo played as a central striker and Hazard played on the left wing. The likelihood of that happening is minuscule, however. Los Blancos already have Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata, two of the best centre-forwards in Europe at their disposal.
Eden Hazard should stay at Chelsea rather than risk ruining his career with a huge move to Real Madrid, and become a Chelsea and Premier League legend in the process.