The time has come for arguably the most memorable Madridista to hang up his boots. Raul Gonzalez Blanco, Los Merengues legend, has made the decision to retire. This is a man that true Madrid fans will never forget. He will forever be remembered among a long list of legends to wear the classic all white jersey. But there was something different about Raul.
As a hometown hero to come up through the Madrid youth teams, he really wrote a story worth telling. The man was creative, exciting and full of passion. Growing up watching him was a reason to fall even more in love with the sport. The determination and grit he left on the pitch is unforgettable. As far as the legends list goes this is a man to remember.
- 323 goals in a record 741 caps [ 0.44 ratio] (a scoring record just recently broken by Cristiano Ronaldo)
- 3 Champions leagues (97-98, 99-00, 01-02)
- 6 La Ligas (94-95, 96-97, 00-01, 02-03, 06-07, 08-09)
Simply put, watching Raul play was something special. An all around amazing striker, versatile in all forward positions. This is a memorable man amongst Los Galacticos like Zidane, Ronaldo Lima, Beckham, Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos.
As his time came to a close with Los Blancos Raul made a move to Shalke 04, where he carried his class. Then made a move to Al Sadd before his final move to the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. At 38 Raul says it’s time for him to say goodbye to a sport he made many young generation fans fall in love with. We wish him nothing but the best and want to say thank you for the beauty he left on many of pitches.
My decision is to retire from playing at the end of this season. I am fully focused on finishing the season strong and helping the New York Cosmos win the NASL Championship. In the coming months I will decide the next step in my career.
Playing soccer has been part of my life for so long and the decision to retire is not an easy one but I believe it is the right time.
I’m thankful to everyone who has supported me throughout my career and I look forward to playing my final games with the New York Cosmos over the coming weeks.