It was soccer’s equivalent of ‘The Decision.’ Well, almost. There was no live televised broadcast, and it didn’t concern the future of the best player in world soccer, but there were still plenty of parallels between LeBron James’ announcement of his move to the Miami Heat and how Eden Hazard revealed he would be signing with Chelsea.
The Belgian had built up the suspense for weeks, even months. In the summer of 2012 he was one of the most sought-after players in Europe, and four clubs — Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Spurs — were chasing him. Unlike James, Hazard was never planted in front of the primetime TV cameras, but strung out his decision through the medium of his Twitter account. He teased and taunted, tweeting that he had “made up my mind” before confirming in less than 140 characters that he was “signing for the Champions League winner,” Chelsea. It was even speculated that it was written into Hazard’s new contract that he could reveal the news first on Twitter. He knows how to work a crowd.