The biggest winners and losers from Eden Hazard's transfer to Real Madrid
Real Madrid announced the signing of 28-year-old Belgian forward Eden Hazard from Chelsea on Friday. The club secured the services of Hazard for a reported fee of around €100 million and he has signed a five-year deal with Los Blancos. The Belgian became Los Blancos' first galactico signing since James Rodriguez, who arrived in 2014.
After arriving from Lille in 2012, Hazard showed his calibre during his tenure in Premier League. Hazard is regarded as one of the most complete attackers in the world as he can terrorize opponents' defences and tear them apart at will.
The Belgian is the ninth leading goalscorer of Chelsea with 110 goals-85 of the goals coming in the Premier League. Hazard has also racked up 54 assists for the Blues in the Premier League and has created more chances than any other player in the league since making his debut for Chelsea.
The 28-year-old has won a brace of Premier League and Europa Leagues titles among other notable accolades during his tenure with The Blues. In the recently concluded campaign, Hazard bagged 21 goals and 17 assists in all competitions, helping his club win the Europa League.
On the other hand, Real Madrid suffered one of their worst seasons in the recent times since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. They were in dire need of a world class forward and Hazard fits the bill perfectly.
With all of that in mind, let us a look at the major winners and losers from Hazard's latest move:
#4 Winner: Karim Benzema
Despite Los Blancos' struggles in the 2018/19 campaign, Benzema was the standout player for them. The French striker ended last season as La Liga's second-highest top scorer with 21 goals, along with Barcelona's Luis Suarez. In all competitions, he scored 30 goals and provided 11 assists but he had little support for major portion in the campaign.
There is no doubt that the 31-year-old was the only forward who stepped up In the absence of Ronaldo. The likes of Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Mariano were far from their best throughout the campaign. Barring the occasional brilliance of Vinicius Jr, Benzema was often left alone during their attacks.
With the inclusion of someone like Hazard, Benzema will surely get more chances in front of goal. They might enjoy a solid chemistry in the final third just like Benzema had with Vinicius and more importantly like the Frenchman and his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.