It was worth the wait.
The Belgian struggled with a mixed summer, with disappointing performances reportedly adding that he has become overweight after moving 100 million euros from Chelsea.
But he scored a nice goal for Los Blancos against Salzburg and is certainly the first of many.
The danger picked up the ball in space and cut it off from the left before unleashing an effort that went beyond the Salzburg keeper.
This is what Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane are waiting for.
Watch Hazard’s first goal for the Spanish giants below.
Ladies and gentleman, Eden Hazard has officially arrived. What a goal. pic.twitter.com/TesWL8qbd8
— Xav Salazar (@XavsFutbol) August 7, 2019
Ladies and gentlemen, Eden Hazard arrived.
The Belgian international joined a club worth 100 million euros in the summer and is expected to lead the reconstruction of Real Madrid under Zidane. But it wasn’t an easy summer either.
The Whites have not won any of their first four friendlies (they needed penalties to beat Arsenal), including a 7-3 loss to Atletico Madrid and a 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich.
This has led to concerns about Zidane’s suitability for this role. During his first tenure as a real manager, he had Cristiano Ronaldo. But things are different this time. Ronaldo in Italy.
So this season we will find out if the Frenchman has what it takes to win without winning the Golden Ball five times, something that fans think is doubtful.
In a poll conducted by Spanish media Marca, 64% of fans said that Zidane was not the right man for the project.
So, despite winning the Champions League three times when he first took charge, Zidane still needs to beat the fans.
The transfer window was backed up, as Real Madrid received cash in Hazard, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy.