Eden Hazard has admitted he is struggling to cope with the pressure of expectation at Real Madrid after taking on the club's number seven shirt, previously worn by Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 28-year-old arrived from Chelsea in the summer, joining for a fee that’s as high as £130m.
However, Hazard has not been able to live up to the price-tag in the opening months of his Los Blancos career, leading to criticism from Real Madrid fans.
In his seven matches for Madrid in all competitions, Hazard has scored just one goal, having been made to wait until September to make his debut for the La Liga giants because of a hamstring injury he sustained over the off-season.
Speaking to Real Madrid TV about taking on Ronaldo's place, the Belgian superstar said (as quoted by Marca): “Taking this shirt after Cristiano isn't easy, he's historic.”
Though Hazard confirmed he had been slightly struggling on a personal level in Spain, the winger remained upbeat about his team's chances of winning silverware this season, explaining: “We're going to give our all to win everything, we have to lift a trophy.
“I know the Champions League is important. I'm here to win it, it's important for everyone and myself included. I'm at the best club in the world and I hope to give my best.”
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Real currently sit sixth on the league table, despite sitting top of the pile less than a fortnight ago.
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