Raul Gonzalez, few players defined as the “7”
Raúl González marked an era at Real Madrid. Great players are often loved by many but often despised by others. That was perhaps the case of what was for many years on '7’ Real Madrid and the Spanish team. And of course, one of the best Spanish strikers in history.
Raul Gonzalez, a Real Madrid legend
Born in Madrid, he 27 June 1977, He began his career soon, making debut in First Division with Real Madrid an already distant 29 October 1994, when I had only 17 years. It was in The Romareda, Real Zaragoza stadium and it was done by Jorge Valdano. His debut was not the best that a player could have, failing some clamorous goals. Perhaps another would not have had another chance but the Spanish-Argentine coach gave him another chance and Raul did not fail him. He was just one week after scoring his first goal in a derby against Atletico at the Bernabeu.
From there, paired attacker with Ivan Zamorano, scoring in his debut season 9 goals. In the following seasons, Raúl, It was to become a reference in the Real Madrid in which he would play up 2010, which would be his captain after the withdrawal of Manolo Sanchis. I wasn't going to leave the white club until 2010, almost 16 years of his debut in the first team. His destiny was to be Germany after playing nothing more and nothing less than playing 745 official matches with Real Madrid and score 323 goals.
The man of records
Shattering of records, Raúl, It is the only one who has scored in two finals of Champions, marked goals 800 y 900 in the history of a Spanish selection, with which he did 44 many in 102 matches and of which he was the top scorer until he was surpassed by David Villa. Besides being the top scorer in European club competitions with 71 goals until he was overtaken by two beasts like Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi.
However, The best stage in the history of the national team came after his departure from it
International for a decade, It was the banner and captain. It was from his debut 9 October 1996 to the World Cup 2006 in Germany, where the wake Raul quenched in the selection, generating controversy, that would last for a few years and would increase the detractors of “7”. He played three World Cups (1998,2002 y 2006), It is determinant for selection and two Euro (2000 y 2004). Curiously afterwards came the best stage in the history of the Spanish team.
Also winner of numerous individual awards, It was top scorer in the Spanish league 2001, Silver Ball in the same year and was included by FIFA among los 100 best players of the twentieth century. It was also twice top scorer in the Champions League. natural goalscorer, in its infancy she noted for its enormous mobility, desire and claw although his advanced career he changed his game taking advantage of his tremendous opportunism and is that where you had to be to put the ball in the net, was always Raul Gonzalez.
Departure from Real Madrid and the subsequent career of Raúl González
It was an emblem of Real Madrid, but his beginnings were curiously in the quarry of one of his staunch rivals, Atlético de Madrid, until Jesus Gil was charged athletic cantera, which he pushed the Real Madrid Raul house, which he highlighted as outside series.
The bitter taste remained when despite being an icon and a myth there, Real Madrid no tribute of him any special tribute while when it ended its relationship with Schalke 04, the Germans paid homage all out in their stadium, with his penchant overturned to say goodbye to a player in Germany did what he does best, Score goals. Raul Gonzalez He was an idol in his short time in the German team. Something he did to end his contract in Qatar in summer 2014.
New York was his final destination, in a whole historical like Cosmos in which stars like Pelé came to play, Beckenbauer, Chinaglia and Carlos Alberto and that after re-founded, He decided to hire a symbol of Spanish football. A symbol after announcing his retirement in November 2015 becomes a legend of Spanish football, a player who is on his own merits among the best players in the history of Spain. A player to spite some, It has marked an era. A phenomenon that now wants to do it also on the benches as a coach.