Revealed: Why Eden Hazard was wearing No.50 shirt on Real Madrid debut
Eden Hazard wore the No.50 shirt for his Real Madrid debut - in homage to the first moon landing.
No, you did not read that incorrectly. He really did pick the number based on the iconic Apollo 11 landing on the lunar surface.
Saturday was the 50th anniversary of when astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped outside onto the surface and famously declared: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
Hazard is currently unable to take the No.7 shirt due to it being occupied by Mariano Diaz.
Without an official number confirmed by the club, Hazard was given free reign to pick an available digit to appear on the back of his jersey when Real Madrid faced Bayern Munich on Saturday night.
And he went with the No.50 to honour the achievements of Armstrong, fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin and the crew at NASA.
Real are waiting before they announce Hazard's official shirt number, with it expected that Diaz will pass up the No.7 and hand it to Hazard.
The former Chelsea forward was unable to convince Luka Modric to part ways with his No.10 shirt, which would have been Hazard's first choice of number.
"I've talked to Modric through (Mateo) Kovacic," he said.
"I jokingly asked him if he could leave me No.10, he said no, I have to find another number.
"For me, the number is not important, but to play with this shirt, with this badge."
Real Madrid are normally pretty fluid with their shirt numbers, often shifting them around and ending up with a solid 1-25 for the first-team squad, as is the common way with Spanish sides.
Within those numbers, they currently have 13 and 16 available, with youngster Vinicius Junior likely to get an upgrade on the No.28 he wore last season.
In terms of his own history, Hazard wore the No.17 in his first two seasons at Chelsea, but that shirt at Real is currently taken by Lucas Vazquez, while if he wanted to go a little left-field then he could reprise the No.26 he wore while breaking through at Lille, but again that is outside the Spanish tradition of 1-25 and would probably be frowned upon by La Liga.
It is much more likely that Hazard takes a shirt vacated by someone else, especially as Real are set to embark on a selling spree in the next few weeks.
Gareth Bale is likely to exit and that would free up his No.11, but the smart money might be on Mariano Diaz either leaving Real for a second time or moving to the No.11, thereby freeing up the No.7 he inherited from Cristiano Ronaldo.
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