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Eden Hazard to play in Gerard Pique’s Kings World Cup

Eden Hazard at Chelsea
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Former Chelsea and Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard will make a comeback to competitive football in the Kings World Cup, set to take place in Mexico later this year.

The tournament, organized by Gerard Piqué, features seven-a-side matches and boasts star-studded lineups, including Zlatan Ibrahimović, Neymar, and now Hazard.

Rio Ferdinand will also be involved, albeit as the co-president of one of the teams alongside content creator Jeremy Lynch. The Kings World Cup will bring together teams from the Kings League in Spain and the Américas Kings League in Mexico, along with wildcard entries from around the globe, competing for a $1 million cash prize.

Hazard, 33, announced his early retirement from football last year after injury-plagued seasons with Real Madrid. However, he has agreed to participate in the Kings World Cup as a player for Deptostra FC, managed by Belgian streamer Céline Dept.

Ferdinand, on the other hand, will lead his own team, Five FC, alongside Lynch. Other notable participants include Neymar, Mario Götze, and Ibrahimović, who was unveiled as the president of the Kings World Cup earlier this year.

The tournament features innovative rules inspired by video games, such as periods where goals count double and the occasional removal of players based on dice rolls. While the teams consist primarily of amateur or semi-professional players, team presidents have the opportunity to bring in professional ringers to bolster their squads.