During a recent column written for The Athletic, Toure Yaya made a funny and surreal admission about Eden Hazard’s prominent bum.
In world football, there are few players with the bum Eden Hazard has and Toure Yaya wanted to point it out. You are not imagining things, the former Manchester City star is mesmerized by the way the Belgian winger uses his bum to play football. Other players do it as well, but Yaya thinks Hazard is the absolute master at it. Even though he currently isn’t doing very well on the individual level, Yaya still wanted to remember this specific aspect about the Real Madrid star.
Hopefully, Hazard can get back to his level of performance and show what Yaya is talking about. It’s not everyday you get someone to speak so highly about the way you use your bum when you play the beautiful game. But in all seriousness, this specific part of the body is very useful for short footballers who have to go up against taller defenders. It might even be one of their greatest tools but not everybody knows how to use it. And Hazard truly has the hang of it to a tee when it comes to protecting the ball at his feet.
Yaya’s admission about Hazard’s bum in full.
Here’s the entire line from Yaya: “It has almost become a joke how big his bum is, but it is very important to how he plays football,” wrote Yaya on The Athletic. “Hazard is so dangerous that when the ball comes to him, he has maybe less than five seconds before the opposition is on him – I know from my time at City, you want to limit his time on the ball. When the ball arrives at Hazard, he can already sense the opponent coming towards him, so he waits until the last moment and uses his bum to block them.
“It pushes the opponent away – almost like a punch – and then, when he has opened up that space between him and the defender, he will power away and start the attack. Other wide players use their bums this way, such as Antoine Griezmann for France, and you might see Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero use this at the Copa America, but there is no one better at it than Eden Hazard. The way he can control the ball after using his bum, the way he uses his bum and his body and his hips to protect the ball when defenders run at him, the way he can turn in any direction turn after the impact… it is unbelievable.”