Eden Hazard: Last chance for Belgium’s Golden Generation at World Cup 2022


Belgium captain Eden Hazard thinks it is now or never for Belgium’s talented squad at the Qatar World Cup.

Eden Hazard acknowledged the World Cup in Qatar will be the “last chance” for Belgium’s ‘Golden Generation’ to triumph and says he wants to stay at Real Madrid.

With the likes of Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku to call upon, Belgium have failed to win a major trophy.

The Red Devils have finished top of the FIFA rankings for five of the last seven years, although they have suffered quarter-final exits at the last two European Championships.

Belgium were also knocked out at the same stage at the 2014 World Cup before reaching the semi-finals of Russia 2018, where they were beaten by eventual winners France.

Hazard, who has endured a difficult time in Madrid following his move from Chelsea, believes Qatar will be Belgium’s last chance to succeed with their current star-studded squad.

“I’m still smiling. There are people who doubt my qualities, but I don’t and we’ll see,” said the 31-year-old.

“For us, the World Cup is the last chance to show that we can still win something with this generation. It will be difficult, but we will give it everything.”

Hazard has hinted that it is “possible” that Qatar could be his last World Cup with Belgium and says he has no intention of leaving Madrid of his own accord anytime soon.

“I don’t want to leave Real Madrid. The answer is clear, but it doesn’t just matter to me,” he added.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti previously said Hazard, who has started just one LaLiga game this season, is aware of the reasons for his lack of minutes in the fierce competition for places.

The former Chelsea winger has struggled with injuries and fitness issues since his arrival in June 2019.

Hazard managed just 29 starts in his four seasons in LaLiga with Madrid, who are two points behind Barcelona.

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