Eden Hazard: Chelsea v West Ham 2019
Our infographic football posters map out iconic sporting moments as art prints. Hang the moment Eden Hazard scored an amazing solo goal for Chelsea against West Ham on the wall - the perfect gift for any Chelsea football fan.
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Chosen by Umir as their favourite ever goal:
Eden Hazard has dropped deep, in search of the ball. He’s just outside of the centre circle. Proactive, craving the touch of the ball in the way all purists do. The first touch swipes the ball in a fluid yet sharp Cruyff turn motion. Every action is secure with the utmost purpose.
Two touches follow, both executed in a manner that glues the ball to its old friend, the boot. The third touch fires him into the space between both Noble and Rice, they cannot get close. Hazard in his unrelenting self-belief doesn’t colour within the lines. Left foot, right foot before a final left foot strike bypasses the West Ham blockade now behind him. The ball rattles the net and Stamford Bridge rises as does Hazard. It’s one of football’s purest goals.
I love it. I can’t not. The childlike audacity to try something like that speaks to what I have loved about the game for as long as I have memories about the game. The cupping of the ears and tongue pulled celebration too; it’s a sequence that personifies real joy. There’s an apt quote attributed to Pablo Picasso that goes: ‘it took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child,’ and after learning to paint like a child for a lifetime, Eden Hazard’s goal against West Ham was his artistic masterpiece.