Former Chelsea and Real Madrid star, Eden Hazard has said he does not miss playing football, weeks after after retiring.
Hazard announced his retirement from football on October 10, 2023 at 32 years. He last played for La Liga giants, Real Madrid.
The Belgian was at the 2023 Ballon d’Or award ceremony where he presented the Kopa Trophy to Jude Bellingham.
When the host and former Chelsea teammate, Didier Drogba asked how his retirement is going, the attacking midfielder gave a surprising response.
Hazard said; “I’m enjoying life, family and the kids. I can do what I want. It’s a perfect life. At the moment I don’t miss playing football.
“Let’s see in a few months. My kids asked me to come to the Ballon d’Or so I said, ‘Okay, let’s go and spend the night in Paris.’”
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Former Rivers United captain, Festus Austin said he made tough call of quitting active football after battling with an injury over the past four years.
The newly appointed team coordinator who played for 16 years in the Nigeria Professional Football League, called it quits, having won two league titles with Dolphins and Rivers United.
Following his retirement, Rivers announced him as their team coordinator on Monday and also named striker Nyima Nwagua as the new captain of the club.
A statement read; “We are delighted to announce that Festus Austin has been appointed our new team coordinator. Austin, a dedicated solid centre-back during his active days, assumes the new role ahead of the new season, having served dutifully as our captain. We wish Festus Austin every success”.
Speaking on his new job, Austin said; “It’s a thing of joy when you work and people appreciate you. Although it was difficult for me to say goodbye to football professionally, and then crowning my effort with an appointment is a perfect reward. I am happy about it.
“I broke my leg three times and it’s the same leg. My doctor advised me that I should be on the safer side to avoid another one because it would be difficult to get out of it, so I decided to stay away from the game.”