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Can EDEN HAZARD Replicate The Heroics Of CRISTIANO RONALDO After Inheriting The ICONIC Jersey NO. 7. Join The Conversation

The Spanish giants released the numbers for the new season with Hazard been given the No.7 shirt, which was previously worn by club legends Raul and Cristiano Ronaldo.

On Wednesday, the Belgium maestro opened his Real Madrid goal-scoring account in glorious style.

He provided a glimpse of his enormous potential by scoring a superb goal against Red Bull Salzburg in the club’s penultimate pre-season game before their La Liga opener.

Real Madrid signed Hazard from Chelsea in a transfer worth up to £100 million earlier this summer, but it’s been an unflattering pre-season for player who has been accused of being overweight.

But Hazard’s former Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas has defended his physical condition.

“They talk a lot about his weight. It seems like people haven’t seen the Premier League for the last seven years,” he said. "Maybe in pre-season things are a bit harder but you have to give him time, not just for his physical state but because he has to adapt to a new philosophy, another type of play, other pressures.

“Madrid and Barca have pressures of all kinds and I think he didn’t even know. I’m sure Eden will do well, because he’s a crack and I have no doubts about him.”

Real Madrid play AS Roma on Sunday before kicking-off their campaign away at Celta Vigo on August 17.

Eden hazard taken Jersey no.7, I hope its not too heavy for him because Real Madrid fans would be expecting him to perform like Cristiano Ronaldo and even break some records. But I know his prefered Jersey number is NO.10 and LUKA Modric is still there.

Eden Hazard cannot step into the shoes of C. Ronaldo. Real Madrid fans should not expect too much from him in terms of goal scoring, he is more of a playmaking scorer than a striker.

Hazard and Ronaldo are two very different players with different style. Ronaldo is an all out goalscorer and very good at it while Hazard is more of a playmaker and also very good at it. Of course, he won’t score as many goals like Ronaldo, but will still make appreciable impact.