Thorgan Hazard has finally jumped out of his brother Eden's shadow
Eden who? Thorgan Hazard has finally leapt out of his brother’s shadow at Euro 2020 after playing second fiddle for years with Chelsea and Belgium – and he can be the main man at Dortmund too now Jadon Sancho is off
- Thorgan Hazard has scored twice at the Euros, against Denmark and Portugal
- He has jumped out of his older brother Eden’s shadow to shine for Belgium
- At Borussia Dortmund, Jadon Sancho’s exit means he can be the star there too
- The next few months will be the most defining of his career for club and country
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
For more years than he will care to remember, Thorgan Hazard has been in the shadow of his older brother.
Be it at Chelsea or with Belgium, it has been hard to compete with the majestic career of Eden, the man two years his junior regularly having to play second fiddle while his sibling got all the attention.
While Eden won the Premier League with Chelsea, Thorgan was shipped out on loan to Zulte Waregem, and when the younger sibling made his Belgium debut… well, Eden had already done that years ago.
Thorgan Hazard has finally jumped out of his brother Eden’s shadow at this summer’s Euros
The younger Hazard brother scored a brilliant goal to ensure Belgium made it through
For years, Eden has stolen the headlines, be it at Chelsea or Real Madrid (pictured in 2019)
In fact, after Thorgan had made his first international appearance, it took another three-and-a-half years for him to gain his second cap. All in all, despite the effort, the years of hard work and the never-say-die attitude, Thorgan was always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
Until now, perhaps.
At Euro 2020, the tide appears to be shifting. With Eden having suffered more than his fair share of injuries, it is instead Thorgan who is coming to the fore.
Stepping out of his brother’s shadow, the Borussia Dortmund star has scored twice at this summer’s tournament, first against Denmark in the group stages and then secondly, and more importantly, against Portugal in the last 16.
And it is that second goal that has seen his face – not Eden’s – plastered all over the Belgian media, with his phone inundated with text messages and phone calls.
‘It is probably the most important goal of my career,’ he admitted after the game… and in truth, it’s more than that. It was the goal that finally lifted him up alongside his brother in the pecking order, and has given him a chance to shine in his own right.
The pair were at Chelsea together but while Eden won the league, Thorgan (above) couldn’t get a game and was shipped out on loan to Zulte Waregem
The brothers have always been close but now Thorgan (right) is getting the credit he deserves
The pair celebrate together during the round of 16 victory over Portugal at this summer’s Euros
This is the most defining summer of Thorgan’s career, with the next few months set to be huge for him with both club and country.
With Belgium facing Italy tonight in the quarter-final of Euro 2020, he is set to start having scored the goal that secured their place in the biggest game of the tournament so far.
If they come through that, it will be Spain or Switzerland in the semis, and then a Wembley showdown next Sunday with a real shot at glory.
From there, Thorgan will head back to Dortmund with a new lease of life, knowing full well that Jadon Sancho’s exit to Manchester United leaves a big gap ready to be filled.
After his impressive summer for Belgium, he can become Dortmund’s new superstar, and is going from strength to strength at the age of 28 – the peak of his career.
Thorgan (right) could now get a chance to be a bigger influence at Borussia Dortmund too
With Jadon Sancho (pictured) off to United, Hazard could become the team’s star wide man
That is not to say that he hasn’t already achieved great things in his career… he cost the German giants £22million and has been well worth the fee.
But that’s a long way from the £88m Real Madrid shelled out for Eden back in the summer of 2019, and Thorgan has always been well aware of his brother’s stature.
‘For a long time, Eden has shown me the right path in football and I try to follow him,’ he told Goal in 2017. ‘I worked really hard in my club to get a chance in the national team with Eden.
‘I hope now, as the little brother, I can aim for the same things as well in the national team, so I work hard. I don’t feel the pressure from Eden. It has been like this since I was 14 years old, so it isn’t pressured, it is normal.’
Four years on, times have changed and the brothers could well be standing side by side achieving greatness on the international stage.
Thorgan’s chance has come, and he’s grabbing it with both hands.
Thorgan (right) and Eden (left) will hope to fire Belgium to victory against Italy tonight
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