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Eden Hazard was ‘still drunk’ when he scored fairytale hat-trick in last Lille game before Chelsea transfer

Chelsea legend Eden Hazard signed off at Lille in style in 2012 after banging in a fairytale hat-trick on his last outing.

Not a bad final performance – especially considering he was ‘still drunk’ from the night before.

Hazard enjoyed a fairy tale last match at Lille before linking up with Chelsea

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Hazard enjoyed a fairy tale last match at Lille before linking up with ChelseaCredit: AFP
He took just ten minutes to score on his final match for the French side

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He took just ten minutes to score on his final match for the French sideCredit: YouTube
The winger won two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge after joining in 2012

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The winger won two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge after joining in 2012

The 32-year-old, who announced his retirement from football on Tuesday, came up through the ranks at Lille.

After helping the French side win a first Ligue 1 title in 57 years the season prior, Hazard was the most-coveted player in world football.

And it was Chelsea that won the race to sign him, with the Belgian snubbing switches to Manchester United and City in favour of Stamford Bridge.

It was no secret that Hazard would be moving on from Lille in 2012, with the forward and his teammates enjoying a farewell bash prior to their 4-1 romp over Nancy.

Lille, who failed to retain their title, boasted a star-studded squad at the time, which included Joe Cole, Dimitri Payet, Mathieu Debuchy, Idrissa Gueye and Lucas Digne.

And with a third-place finish all-but guaranteed, a going-away party was organised, with Hazard allegedly failing to get any sleep, before banging in a 25-minute hat-trick in the first half.

That is according to the club’s then-captain Rio Mavuba, who revealed the former Real Madrid man was still worse for wear come kick-off.

He told reporters in 2016: “We were certain to finish third and we were facing Nancy the following day.

Hazard scored his second of the match against Nancy just before the half-hour mark

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Hazard scored his second of the match against Nancy just before the half-hour markCredit: YouTube
His hat-trick goal came from the penalty spot

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His hat-trick goal came from the penalty spotCredit: YouTube

“It was Eden Hazard’s last match with Lille and he wanted to organise a little something.

“We decided to go have a little drink. A little drink that dragged on somewhat.

“The following morning, Eden was still drunk. That evening against Nancy, not even with 30 minutes played, Eden had already bagged a hat-trick.

“The guy had not even slept, he drank for the entire night and he put away a hat-trick in 30 minutes.

“We all looked at each other, we told ourselves that this guy was the real deal.”

Hazard even channelled his inner-Paul Gascoigne by performing a booze-related celebration to rival Gazza’s Euro 1996 ‘dentist chair’ celebration following his goal against Scotland.

After breaking the deadlock in the tenth minute, Hazard – and his teammates – got together in a huddle where they delivered a not-so-subtle nod to their shenanigans from the night before.

The players could be seen tilting their heads back as they mimicked downing pints of beer.

The Lille squad joked about their night on the town following Hazard's opening goal

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The Lille squad joked about their night on the town following Hazard’s opening goalCredit: YouTube
Hazard is alleged to have been 'still drunk' during his last Lille outing

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Hazard is alleged to have been ‘still drunk’ during his last Lille outingCredit: YouTube

Hazard then got his second of the match in the 27th minute with a similar finish to his first – a curled strike into the bottom right corner.

And he then sealed his hat-trick in the 35th minute after coolly tucking home a penalty into the bottom left corner.

The Belgian left France as the Ligue 1 Player of the Year – the second successive season he had scooped the award.

He had chipped in with 22 goals and as many assists in 49 games in all competitions – the best figures of a single campaign in his career.

His decision to link up with Chelsea proved to be a great one, as he spent seven trophy-laden years in west London before moving to Madrid.

Hazard, who scored 110 goals in 352 games for the Blues, won two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues and the FA Cup and League Cup on one occasion.

Mavuba was right in his analysis of a drunk Hazard, he truly was the real deal.

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