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Hazard raises new 'Galacticos' expectations at Real Madrid

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has been officially presented as Real Madrid's newest

The superstar was unveiled in the VIP box at the on Thursday in following a trouble-free medical check-up, reports news.

His arrival at Real attracted a large number of fans who dream of another "Galacticos" team, as well as media from around the world to receive the 28-year-old international.

After being elected the Real in July 2000, started to sign several superstar players, establishing the first "Galacticos" team that included, playmaker (the current team's coach), striker Ronaldo, Portugal Luis Figo, England and defender Fabio Cannavaro, among others, who played for the club until the summer of 2005.

A little more than an hour before the presentation event started, Madrid fans formed a huge queue at the gates of the stadium, as thousands of the side's supporters entered the club's home-ground.

There has not been this much anticipation for the presentation of a since the arrival of or Ricardo Kaka, who almost a decade ago, attracted thousands of fans to their respective presentations.

Being Madrid's fourth summer signing ahead of the upcoming season, is the who fans seem to have set their hearts on.

A large number of media crowded in front of the gate to attend and cover the presentation.

is set to step out on the club's home-pitch for the first time, wearing the famed Merengue jersey, before talking to the media at a press conference.

On June 7, Madrid announced his signing from side Chelsea, for a reported 100 million euros ($113 million).

The attacking scored 110 goals in 352 appearances for the English club, including a brace in a 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the May 29 final.

Hazard was the captain of the team that finished third in the 2018 World Cup and received the Silver Ball as the second-best player in the tournament.

Late Wednesday, Madrid announced the acquisition of left-back, Ferland Mendy, from side Lyon, who signed a six-year contract.

On the same day, the Spanish side presented Luka Jovic, in a ceremony in which the club's president, Florentino Perez, hailed the 21-year-old Serbian as "one of the greatest goal scorers in "

Madrid also has added Brazilian central defender (acquired from Portuguese side Porto) as part of its summer shopping spree.

Brazil's Rodrygo Goes is also set to join the club over the summer in a deal reached a year ago with the

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First Published: Fri, June 14 2019. 08:38 IST
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