MUST SEE: (5ft 9in) Hazard Meets NBA Basketballer (7ft 3in)
March. 09, 2020
An ex-Real Madrid player met a current Real Madrid star when Eden Hazard posed for pictures with Dallas Mavericks basketballer Luka Doncic.
Hazard and Doncic
The Dallas Mavericks guard, 21, eclipsed the diminutive Hazard as they posed for pictures and exchanged jerseys following Wednesday's NBA win over New Orleans Pelicans.
However, the most striking event of the evening was the picture Hazard took with Doncic’s 7ft 3in teammate Kristaps Porzingis - who stands a whopping foot and a half over the footballer - which was truly obscuring.
A fracture in his leg has ruled Hazard out, potentially until the summer, and he was caught on camera telling Luka Doncic that he was set to undergo surgery on Thursday.
Real Madrid and Hazard came to an agreement that an operation was necessary after he picked up the injury in the February 22 defeat against Levante.
The Carell Clinic in Dallas will oversee the procedure although Hazard appeared to be moving quite freely in the meeting with Doncic and Porzingis.
Both Hazard and Doncic are familiar faces in Madrid as the point guard joined the Mavs from Real Madrid's basketball team in 2018 before being named in the NBA All-Star team for the 2019/20 season.
In doing so, Doncic became the youngest European player to recieve the award having previously won the EuroLeague as the division MVP.
Hazard has found life in Madrid much harder with reoccuring injuries and has scored just one goal after an initial £88.5million move from London side Chelsea.
Real hope to have the Belgian back within two months of his operation so he can boost their efforts to win the LaLiga and the Champions League.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane stated his uncertainty over when Hazard will be able to return, telling reporters: "I don't know if his season is over, I don't know but I hope not.
"I don't know if he will need an operation, it's not my area. I can see he's not happy.
"It's important he stays positive but of course it's difficult. It's a bad moment, it won't be easy and he will feel like this for a while."
Already this season, the 29-year-old has sat out a total of 36 matches having also suffered ankle, foot and hamstring issues.
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