sport news Euro 2020: Thorgan Hazard has finally jumped out of his brother Eden's shadow ...

sport news Euro 2020: Thorgan Hazard has finally jumped out of his brother Eden's shadow ...
sport news Euro 2020: Thorgan Hazard has finally jumped out of his brother Eden's shadow ...

For more years than he will care to remember, Thorgan Hazard has been in the shadow of his older brother.

Be it at Chelsea or with Belgium, it has been hard to compete with the majestic career of Eden, the man two years his junior regularly having to play second fiddle while his sibling got all the attention.

While Eden won the Premier League with Chelsea, Thorgan was shipped out on loan to Zulte Waregem, and when the younger sibling made his Belgium debut... well, Eden had already done that years ago.

Thorgan Hazard has finally jumped out of his brother Eden's shadow at this summer's Euros

Thorgan Hazard has finally jumped out of his brother Eden's shadow at this summer's Euros

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The younger Hazard brother scored a brilliant goal to ensure Belgium made it through

The younger Hazard brother scored a brilliant goal to ensure Belgium made it through 

For years, Eden has stolen the headlines, be it at Chelsea or Real Madrid (pictured in 2019)

For years, Eden has stolen the headlines, be it at Chelsea or Real Madrid (pictured in 2019)

In fact, after Thorgan had made his first international appearance, it took another three-and-a-half years for him to gain his second cap. All in all, despite the effort, the years of hard work and the never-say-die attitude, Thorgan was always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

Until now, perhaps.

At Euro 2020, the tide appears to be shifting. With Eden having suffered more than his fair share of injuries, it is instead Thorgan who is coming to the fore.

Stepping out of his brother's shadow, the Borussia Dortmund star has scored twice at this summer's tournament, first against Denmark in the group stages and then secondly, and more importantly, against Portugal in the last 16.

And it is that second goal that has seen his face - not Eden's - plastered all over the Belgian media, with his phone inundated with text messages and phone calls.

'It is probably the most important goal of my career,' he admitted after the game... and in truth, it's more than that. It was the goal that finally lifted him up alongside his brother in the pecking order, and has given him a chance to shine in his own right.  

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