Eden Hazard gained attention on Wednesday evening after laughing with former teammate Kurt Zouma following Real Madrid’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final.
The incident sparked an uproar in the Spanish media as it arguably showed a lack of professionalism on Hazard’s part – one TV presenter’s furious rant even went viral – and now Brazilian legend Rivaldo has had his say on the matter too.
“Eden Hazard was criticised for sharing a friendly moment at the end of the semi-final with his former Chelsea teammates. In a season in which he was out injured most of the time, it’s understandable that this annoyed the fans,” he told Betfair.
Rivaldo, who spent five years at Los Blancos’ fiercest rivals Barcelona, said that reaching the semi-finals won’t ever be good enough for a club of Madrid’s stature, and so he has given Hazard a friendly word of advice.
“Hazard needs to focus on what he can do now to fix his image at Madrid,” he added.
The Belgian has already taken the provisional steps to do just that, after he apologised to Madrid fans on an Instagram story: “I am sorry. I have read lots of opinions about me today and it was not my intention to offend the Real Madrid fans,” he said.
“It has always been my dream to play for Real Madrid and I came here to win.”
Although his post-match actions were received negatively out in Spain, Chelsea fans were delighted to see their former star player smiling on Stamford Bridge’s turf again.
Some fans are even hopeful of a shock reunion, especially after reports emerged this week that Madrid would be willing to listen to offers in the region of €50million (£43.4million).
As exciting as that transfer may be, Hazard is – for now at least – still a Madrid player. If he wishes to reconnect with the club’s fans, he should head Rivaldo’s message.
Source by Football London