Eden Hazard shares a light-hearted moment with his “old friend” Charlie Morgan, in a delightful reunion. The two made headlines back in 2013 when, as a ball boy during a League Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Swansea, Morgan found himself on the receiving end of Hazard’s frustration.
At just 17 years old at the time, Morgan, in an attempt to waste time and secure Swansea’s victory, held onto the ball, prompting Hazard’s infamous kick and subsequent red card. The incident added a dramatic twist to the match, ultimately leading to Swansea’s qualification for the final, where they triumphed over Bradford.
Following the incident, Eden Hazard addressed the situation, stating, “The ballboy came in the changing room, and we had a quick chat. I apologized, and the boy apologized as well, and it is over. Sorry.” This moment marked a resolution between Hazard and the young ball boy, indicating that both parties had moved past the incident.
Since that eventful day, the ball boy has embarked on an impressive journey, accumulating substantial wealth.
Eden Hazard and Charlie Morgan: A Surprise Reunion of Football and Entrepreneurship
Charlie Morgan has transitioned into the world of entrepreneurship, making a mark as a vodka entrepreneur with an impressive net worth of £40 million. Meanwhile, Eden Hazard, who retired in October following his stint at Real Madrid, finds himself with ample free time.
In a heartwarming turn of events, the two ‘friends; reunited, capturing the moment in a playful photo. Sharing the joyous occasion, Hazard humorously remarked on the perks of retirement, emphasizing the pleasure of catching up with old friends. His caption read, “A nice thing about retirement is catching up with old friends. You have come a long way in 11 years, my friend.”
The reunion took fans by surprise, eliciting various reactions. From expressions of disbelief to declarations of “unreal scenes,” supporters couldn’t help but marvel at the unexpected and delightful connection between the retired football star and the successful entrepreneur. The sentiment of “time flies” resonated among fans, highlighting the nostalgic aspect of seeing these two figures come together after their respective journeys in football and business.
Morgan partnered with a friend to establish their own business, aiming to create a high-end vodka brand. AU Vodka, now available in prominent stores like Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Tesco, Costco, Sainsbury’s, and Asda, has expanded its reach to 40 countries globally.
The beverage has gained popularity among notable figures in sports, including Floyd Mayweather, Ronaldinho, Paddy Pimblett, and Jake Paul, who have been seen endorsing the brand. This success has contributed to Morgan accumulating a personal fortune of £55 million, as reported by The Sunday Times Young Rich List last year, placing him jointly at 27th on the list, surpassing England star Harry Kane.
Morgan’s focus for the upcoming year is to penetrate the American market. They have recently launched an E-commerce platform covering 31 states in the US, enabling customers to have their products delivered directly to their door. In a previous statement to Wales Online in 2022, Morgan expressed this strategic emphasis on expanding into the American market.
“The coming year, our focus is really on smashing into the American market. We have recently launched our E-commerce platform covering 31 states across the US so customers are already able to get our products delivered straight to their door.”
“Having had over 28,000 sign-ups to the USA website prior to launch we’re expecting that there will be a huge interest in Au Vodka within the states.”
He added: “The vision is for Au Vodka to become a truly global brand, known in an instant for its unique gold branding and coloured liquids, we see the bottles being stocked on shelves internationally and becoming accessible for customers in every corner of the world. We also want to ensure we continue to dominate the UK Vodka market, keeping a tight grip on where we started to ensure the brand is true to its roots, there’s always room for more growth everywhere.”
Eden Hazard’s Illustrious Football Career: A Journey from Chelsea to Real Madrid and International Glory
Hazard enjoyed a seven-season stint at Chelsea after a £32 million transfer from Lille in 2012. During his time with the Blues, he scored 110 goals in 352 games, contributing to two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues, and an FA Cup victory.
In 2019, Hazard made a high-profile move to Real Madrid for £142 million, securing two LaLiga titles and a Champions League triumph. Unfortunately, his tenure at the Bernabeu was marred by injuries, and he managed to score only seven times in 76 games. Four months ago, Hazard announced his retirement after being released a year early from his contract.
Beyond his club success, Hazard played a pivotal role in Belgium’s ‘Golden Generation,’ netting 33 goals in 126 caps. His contributions helped Belgium secure a third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup.