Eden Hazard

Real Madrid fans are singing the praises of Eden Hazard after he came off the bench to score his first European goal in 650 days in their 3-0 victory over Celtic in the Champions League.

The winger has endured a nightmare spell in the Spanish capital since arriving from Chelsea in 2019, but things are starting to change in the second half of 2022.

The 31-year-old started the group-stage match at Celtic Park on the bench, but was introduced in the 30th minute, replacing the injured Karim Benzema.

Vinicius Junior was first on target for Real in the 65th minute, before the £100million man drifted into the Celtic half and skipped past a challenge, laying off a lovely pass to Luka Modric.

The Croatian pulled off an outrageous outside the boot goal after a couple of ricochets inside the box.

Hazard then got his reward 13 minutes from time for his strong performance with his first European goal in 650 days and his first from open play in over five years.

Real Madrid supporters quickly took to social media to heap praise on the winger for his superb display.

One fan posted: ‘Eden Hazard is averaging a Goal or Assist every 30 (!) minutes this season. Back to his best.

Another said: ‘Let your apologies be loud as your disrespect. Eden Hazard is back!

A third said: ‘Hazard was phenomenal today he might actually have a good season.

Another added: ‘Hazard is back. Be scared, be very scared.

Hazard was a star for Chelsea before making his big-money move to the Bernabeu and fans are now wondering whether he could return to his best if he remains fit.

One person said: ‘A fully fit Hazard is a joy to watch for all football fans.

Another posted: ‘Everyone loves Hazard. Enough said.

While a third tweeted: ‘That was vintage Hazard, tears in my eyes.

Another added: ‘Hazard best player on the pitch.’

Real midfielder Toni Kroos was also asked about his team-mate Hazard at full-time and broke it down perfectly.

He explained: ‘Hazard? It’s never been a question of quality, it’s been his physical condition, the injuries. Today he came on and did well, let’s hope he carries on like that.’

Hazard has, however, only featured for 39 minutes in the LaLiga so far this season as well as the 60 minutes he played last night in the Champions League.

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