Eden Hazard once scored a hat-trick when he was drunk, a former team-mate has claimed.
Rio Mavuba says that Hazard netted three in his final game for Lille just hours after returning home from a night on the town.
Hazard went out the night before Lille’s 4-1 demolition of Nancy in 2012 knowing it would be his final appearance for the Ligue 1 side before joining Chelsea.
And after returning home late, he did not sleep and headed straight to the Stade Metropole for his swansong.
Incredibly, he had found the net three times in the opening 30 minutes of the game – and team captain Mavuba says that was when his team-mates knew he was destined for big things.
Mavuba told reporters: “We were certain to finish third and we were facing Nancy the following day. It was 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.
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“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 [and] we told ourselves that this guy was the real deal.”
Hazard has since gone on to win one Premier League title with Chelsea and also a PFA Player of the Year crown.