Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has admitted he has a long way to go before earning the privilege to be considered a Galactico
A trophyless season in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo has been a sign that Los Blancos can’t thrive in either La Liga or the Champions League without the likes of superstar forwards.
Something had to be done, and Florentino Perez has taken no time to please the frustrated fans by forking out £89million to snap up Eden Hazard this summer.
Arrived from Chelsea as one of the most creative and prolific forwards in Europe, the Belgium international has largely failed to impress in his early career at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Hazard’s Champions League debut with Real Madrid is the one to forget, as they were brushed aside by an underpower Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 at Parc des Princes in the curtain-raiser.
Zinedine Zidane’s men will look to bounce back against Club Brugge on Tuesday and bring their two-game losing home streak in the Champions League to a halt.
Speaking of his current status in the Spanish capital ahead of his European home debut for Los Blancos, the 28-year-old has confessed that he doesn’t feel as a Galactico yet.
“I’m not yet a Galactico,” Hazard said, on the eve of Real’s clash with Club Brugge, as reported by Sky Sports.
“I have to be the one to prove that I can become one.
“We know very well the last No 7 at this club [Cristiano Ronaldo], and I have to be the first to prove that I can be the best in the world, enjoy myself on the pitch, give everything in training and matches.
“I don’t doubt my abilities or my technique, and the more I gain confidence, everything will be better.
“When we start a competition, we want to win it: Champions League, league, cup – when you play for Real Madrid, all we want and have in our mind is to win.”
Hazard has returned to action after being sidelined by a thigh injury to make four top-flight outings for Real Madrid, without making an impact though.
The pressure has pilled on the Belgian star following a disappointing display against Atletico Madrid in weekend’s Madrid derby that resulted in Zidane taking him off the pitch in the 77th minute.