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Real Madrid will spend nearly €300m on Eden Hazard

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The New Galactic. In the summer of 2019, Real Madrid did everything to sign Eden Hazard. The Belgian was the top priority for Zinedine Zidane and the Merengues, who were looking for a new attacking star after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018. To dislodge him from Chelsea, the residents of the Santiago-Bernabéu stadium officially paid 100 million euros, to which must be added bonuses estimated at €16 million according to Sport. But the price would be much higher in the end. In 2020, The last hour revealed that the operation had cost a total of €160 million.

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The Belgian media revealed the details of the deadlines linked to this transfer, namely a payment of 40 M€ in 2019, 56 M€ in 2020 and 64 M€ in 2021. In addition to this sum, Real Madrid paid a salary therefore to the former LOSC player. Sport reveals that he received €30m gross salary in his first season. Due to the coronavirus crisis, his emoluments subsequently increased to €29 million gross. He is the highest paid player in Real Madrid and La Liga. He is also a footballer who costs his club a fortune.

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500 days of absence

Indeed, the Belgian was unfortunately often handicapped by injuries. When he was able to play, he generally disappointed and did not bring what was expected of him. Sportingly, this operation is not a great success. Present for almost 4 years in Madrid, Hazard played 22 games in all competitions during his first season. The time to score 1 goal and deliver 4 assists. It should be noted that that season, he was injured by Thomas Meunier against PSG in the Champions League. For his second year, the Belgian appeared 20 times (4 goals and 2 assists).

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The following season, in 2021-22, Hazard posted a record of 24 goals, 1 goal and 2 assists. During this 2022-23 exercise, he was again betrayed by his body, he who has suffered a total of 18 injuries since his arrival according to transfermarkt (500 days of absence). Carlo Ancelotti has only called on him 10 times this season (4 starts). The time to score 1 goal and deliver 1 assist. In total, Sport explains that he has played 34.86% of the matches played by Real Madrid since his arrival (76 out of 218, 44 as a starter and 22 as a substitute).

It will cost around 300 M€

This means that he cost just over €3m per match played (€5.2m when he started). Sport specifies that for each minute played, he received a little 62,000 euros. Since his arrival, he has scored 7 goals. Each goal is worth 33.2 million euros. For assists (9 in total), each is worth €25.8m. If we only look at the current season, Hazard costs €2.9m per game (73,791 euros per minute). His goals are worth 29 million and his assists, 14.5 M€. If we calculate between his transfer and his salary, he has cost 233 M€ for the moment, if we are based on a transfer of 116 M€.

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If we follow the figures put forward by The last hour, Real Madrid has already spent €277m (€160m transfer, €30m salary for his first season and €29m for the next three). If the former Belgian international, who announced his retirement after the World Cup in Qatar, ends his contract in June 2024, which is the idea according to our information; the people of Madrid will pay a total of €262m (based on a €116m transfer) and €306m, if we rely on information from the DH. For this option as for the other, it remains expensive for a player who was supposed to bring more on and off the field (merchandising). Sport qualifies him as “biggest flop of the Florentino Pérez era”. Hazard still has time to reverse the trend.

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