At the age of 31, Belgium’s playmaker Eden Hazard announced his retirement from international competition.
At the age of 17, Hazard, an offensive midfielder or winger, made his Belgium debut. He went on to earn 126 caps and score 33 goals.
After Belgium was eliminated from the World Cup in the group stage, he made this choice.
The Real Madrid player stated.
“A page turns today, Thank you for your love [and] for your unparalleled support.”
“Thank you for all this happiness since 2008. I have decided to put an end to my international career. The succession is ready. I will miss you.”
Hazard was a member of the team that advanced to the 2018 World Cup semifinals, losing 1-0 to France, then beat England to take third.
He entered the game as a substitute against Luxembourg to make his debut and became the eighth-youngest player for his nation.
After that, he played in three World Cups, two European Championships, and led the team 56 times.
Hazard participated in each of Belgium’s three World Cup games in Qatar, although the team only managed one goal—in a 1-0 victory over Canada.
They drew 0-0 with Croatia and lost 2-0 to Morocco.
Following their elimination, Belgium’s manager Roberto Martinez resigned on Thursday.