Eden Hazard Paid Tribute To His Idol Juan Román Riquelme Against West Ham
You may be wondering why Eden Hazard cupped his ears after scoring one of the goals of the season last night? Well, it was a celebration dedicated to one of his biggest idols.
Hazard's mesmerising run against West Ham on Monday night happened almost 18 years after the former Boca Juniors midfielder scored against River Plate in La Bombonera.
Who remembers this iconic moment back in 2001? If you know, you know.
El 8 de abril de 2001 Boca le ganó 3 a 0 a River en La Bombonera con goles de Hugo Ibarra, Juan Román Riquelme y Guillermo Barros Schelotto. Riquelme, enfrentado públicamente con Mauricio Macri, festejó el gol que convirtió en aquel partido haciendo por primera vez el Topo Gigio. pic.twitter.com/SUnQIF6Wei- David Mosquera (@renaldinhos) April 8, 2019
Hazard has never been one to hide his admiration for the legendary Argentinian playmaker.
Four years after he "thanked him for everything" on his official Twitter account, the Belgian decided to recreate Riquelme's celebration against West Ham.
Juan Román Riquelme thank you for everything:sob::sob:- Eden Hazard (@hazardeden10) January 26, 2015
The 28-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid of late, ran through five players and scored another memorable striker at Stamford Bridge to give Chelsea all three points.
Seconds later, he cupped his ears, just like one of his biggest idols did so often down the years.
Eden Hazard dedicated his celebration today to one of his biggest idols Juan Riquelme :clap::fire: pic.twitter.com/YnZ2L7U5YX- Hazard Stuff (@HazardStuff_) April 8, 2019
Riquelme actually sent Hazard a signed Boca shirt this week, which had the following hand-written message on it:
"To the genius Hazard, regards Roman."
The Belgian must have been buzzing to receive such a gift. He later thanked the former Barcelona and Villarreal player in a clip on social media.
Riquelme recently gifted Hazard with a Boca Juniors shirt: "To the genius Hazard"- Hazard Stuff (@HazardStuff_) April 8, 2019
Cracks! :flag_be::flag_ar: pic.twitter.com/J48H1rDJ1S
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