It is a tradition with Real Madrid especially under Fiorentino Perez to land a star (Galactico) every season. That is the only way he and the team can stay hooked with the fans who are always asking for more. Once a big star (Galactico) is signed the fans are happy believing that the star will shine brightest to lighten the paths of the club to win trophies especially the Champions League and La Liga.
The 2019/20 season has Eden Hazard as the star the club desperately needs to boost the forms and performance of the rest of the squad. In other words, Hazard will be the rallying point of his teammate. He is expected to be the talisman of Real Madrid CF.
Placed before Hazard is the sterling performance of former star of Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo who the club fans and stakeholders don’t wish to forget so soon. Ronaldo’s record remains a challenge to any and every player. Ronaldo’s winning strides plus loads of goals should scare any star brought into the club after him including of course, Hazard.
Each step Hazard takes or makes will be compared to or with Ronaldo’s (while the later was in Bernabue). This somehow drags along a measure of pressure with it. It is like saying, if, you are a big star, please shine….for you now have everything needed to shine in Madrid. Hazard no doubt is a big player….and a big occasion player too. He surely knows that tasks ahead and what is expected of him.
Wearing the same shirt once wore by Luis Figo and lately Ronaldo is enough confirmation that he has great workload placed on his shoulder. That Real Madrid had a turbulent and nightmarish past season is no longer news….and that Perez and co smartly moved to bring back Zinedine Zidane who has bought Luka Jovic and Hazard among others is also no news. But what these new Galacticos will bring into the club starting from next season will be the real news every football fan especially of Real Madrid stock is waiting to hear or see.
Sure every big move in football comes with its pressure and price. Hazard is about facing his. He seems ready to carry the burden of Real Madrid on his shoulders. He is confronted by the success story of Ronaldo. But he has the support of Perez, Zidane and his glittering record at Chelsea to fall back on as he gets set to explode at Madrid.
Will he explode? Will the fans be patient with him if he takes off rather slowly? Will he enjoy the cooperation of his teammates on the pitch? Time….and only time will tell. Attention no doubt will focus on Hazard next season both domestically and continentally. He will attract attention from Spain, England and his native Belgium….and of course globally….
Best wishes Eden….
By Desmond Ekwueme