Ex Chelsea winger Damien Duff has come down hot on Belgian winger Eden Hazard.
The Real Madrid star, who was one of the outstanding players in the Premier League during his stay at Chelsea, has battled to justify the huge transfer fee Real Madrid paid for him in the summer of 2019.
Hazard came in as a substitute during Real’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League semi final first leg in Madrid on Tuesday.
“You’d worry for him going forward,” Duff told RTE, via the Daily Star.
“He’s 30, he relies on sharpness, being a quick dribbler. We all know after 30 it’s downhill.
“He’s never been a top pro and he’s never had the drive of (Lionel) Messi and (Cristiano) Ronaldo. If he did, you’d probably be mentioning him with them two players.
“He turned up for his first pre-season at Real Madrid – Galactico, €160million– overweight. Fat. Call it what you want.
“You’d worry for him, because he’s had 11 injuries and to come back from 11 injuries – and he’s hardly played in two years – you need to have drive, you need to be a top pro.’
“You could argue that throughout his career, he’s always battled with his weight.
“To be signed by Real Madrid, 160 million, you turn up to pre-season in the shape of your life.
“And he turned up overweight because he was on holiday. I ain’t having that. I hate aiming it at a player, but it’s always been aimed at him anyway.”