Real Madrid will pay up to £150million for the former Chelsea man – and the Belgium boss reveals the unusual secret to his captain’s success
Roberto Martinez believes Eden Hazard’s extraordinary ability to beat players comes from his buttocks.
Hazard’s glutes have a dedicated Twitter account and a recent article in the Telegraph tried to explain their physiological impact on the Belgian’s performance.
Following his move from Chelsea to Real Madrid, for a fee which could reach £150million, Belgium boss Martinez has also discussed his captain’s unusually well-developed backside.
“It is your centre of gravity,” he told AS when asked about Hazard’s ‘famous arse’.
“He is so short that he uses it to get out of one-on-one situations in which other players can not. It has a huge quality and a great vision of the game.
“That allows you to make the most appropriate decisions in the last third of the field.”
Hazard has a unique physique compared to most professional footballers.
He stands at 5ft 7in and weighs 76kg, making him two inches shorter than the average right-back in the Premier League – but also heavier.
His legs are disproportionately short compared to his torso, meaning most of his mass is in the lower half of his body, driving his centre of gravity downwards.
“What differentiates Hazard from just being small is that he has a large amount of body mass, which is all muscle,” Jim Pate, senior physiologist at the Centre for Health and Human Performance, told the Telegraph.
“That mass is important. If he was lighter than the 6ft right-back then that defender could push him around much more easily.
LIVE ON talkSPORT
talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2…
- Japan vs Scotland (Friday, 2pm) – talkSPORT 2
- England vs Argentina (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORT
“So he’s on an equal ground in terms of mass, but because he is lower to the ground he can get up underneath the bigger guys.
“The distribution of your mass is important. The lower your centre of mass, the lower your centre of gravity. His height helps with that, as does the fact that his legs are the most developed part of his body.
“If you looked at the area of muscle in his legs, they would be a lot bigger than the other guys.
“He is heavy, but he is a bit more compact. He’s really comparable to Messi. Diego Maradona had the same build.”