Raul Gonzalez is retiring.
You mean, El Angel del Madrid? El Siete? El Capitán?
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 15, 2015
Yes Raul. Raul is hanging up his boots for good.
The man, the myth, the legend who until recently held the title for the most goals scored for Real Madrid. He is an icon for a new generation of Spanish players. From 1994-2010 he electrified Real Madrid fans. From 1996-2006 Raul stole Spanish hearts playing for the Spanish national team.
Born in Madrid, raised in the Real Madrid youth academy, playing at all levels before reaching the professional summit. Raul will go down in history as one of the most famous players to ever play for Los Blancos, referring to their famous all white home kit. Real Madrid has had a long list of the world’s biggest stars come through their team. However, Raul will go down as the man who made the #7 famous for Real Madrid. A number that current superstar Cristiano Ronaldo wears to honor Raul.
Raul also has an influence on another current superstar, Lionel Messi. Messi and Raul finish their opportunities in similar fashions. The chipping and the little dinks over the goalkeeper are staples of their games. Both players also happen to be left footed.
A controversial sports figure? No. Social media hound? No. Flashy? Flamboyant? No. Raul is adored by most soccer fans because of his simple approach to the game. Raul is a very creative player but not flashy. He does what a striker is supposed to do; he scores goals, lots of them. Currently Raul stands at 386 goals for his club teams and another 44 goals for Spain. Raul played most of his career as a central striker. He is known for having a fantastic touch on the ball as well as for being a deadly goal scorer.
Raul is also known for being a fantastic leader. He was the Real Madrid captain from 2003-2010. Raul also held the captains armband for the Spanish national team from 2002-2006.
Counting Raul’s team accomplishments offers a glimpse into why fans love him. In all, Raul has won 21 trophies for clubs and country. From an individual standpoint he stands head and shoulders above most. Raul has received countless individual awards for top scorer as well as the Spanish League’s top player a record 5 times.
The most amazing statistic about Raul throughout his entire playing career, he has never received a red card. Given what we already know, Raul is truly one of the most legendary role models in the game.
Raul has played with Real Madrid (Spain), Schalke 04 (Germany), Al Sadd (Qatar), and currently the New York Cosmos (United States of America).
The New York Cosmos have already qualified for the playoffs. Raul will be looking to add one final trophy to his cabinet. Playoffs start on November 7, his lucky number.