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Eden Hazard assists Kylian Mbappe’s dad with trademark flick in charity match alongside France icons

Eden Hazard briefly came out of retirement to play in a charity match – and lit up the stage with one assist for Kylian Mbappe’s dad.

Just a week after hanging up his boots following his release from Real Madrid, Hazard was back on a football pitch.

Hazard was back in action on Wednesday night


Hazard was back in action on Wednesday nightCredit: Rex

And the 32-year-old showed he still has that pizzazz with a goal and two assists as he played in a star-studded side in Calais.

Playing for Varietes CF against Team Calais, one moment saw the ex-Chelsea star pull off an outrageous flick – one that many fans have seen before.

It found Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, who charged through on goal after Hazard’s tricky pass saw him break the defensive line.

Showing Kylian how it is done, the 53-year-old sat the goalkeeper down before thumping home to make it 6-0.

It was quite the showing from the winger, who also scored and grabbed another assist in the clash at the Stade de l’Epopee.

And the 12,000-seat capacity ground was treated to a spectacle with some huge names on stage.

As well as Hazard, who donned his preferred No. 10 shirt, the Belgian partnered ex-Barcelona star Ludovic Giuly and Arsenal legend Robert Pires up front.

In midfield, the experienced pair of Didier Deschamps and Claude Puel, 107 years between them, played alongside ex-Newcastle star Yohan Cabaye.

Hazard showed he still has all the quality despite retiring


Hazard showed he still has all the quality despite retiringCredit: Rex
He proved his class with two assists and a goal


He proved his class with two assists and a goalCredit: Rex

And in the back four was former Real Madrid and Middlesbrough star Christian Karembeu, ex-Bayern Munich ace Daniel Van Buyten, former Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc and ex-Newcastle full-back Mathieu Debuchy.

Perhaps most bizarrely, between the posts was former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.

Mbappe’s dad Wilfried was on the bench, coming on to get on the scoresheet thanks to Hazard’s trademark flick.

The match helped raise around £12,900 for a charity helping children and teenagers in hospital called Pieces Jaunes (Yellow Pieces). 

Hazard called time on his career last week after being released by Real Madrid at the end of his contract in the summer.

“You must listen to yourself and say stop at the right time,” he said in a statement announcing his retirement,

“After 16 years and more than 700 matches played, I have decided to end my career as a professional footballer. I was able to realise my dream, I have played and had fun on many pitches around the world.

“During my career I was lucky to meet great managers, coaches and teammates – thank you to everyone for these great times, I will miss you all.”

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