|FULL NAME||Raúl González Blanco|
|BORN||June 27, 1977|
|HEIGHT||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
Former Spanish footballer Ral González Blanco, better known as Raul, is a well-known figure in the sport. During his playing days, the retired footballer was one of the most sought-after athletes in the world. He was a key player of several Spanish youth national teams before joining Spain’s senior national squad. Atletico Madrid, Schalke, Al Sadd, New York Cosmos and Real Madrid are just a few of the prestigious clubs he’s represented throughout the years.
In 1977, Raul was born in Madrid’s San Cristobal de los Angeles district, on the 27th of June. At the age of 10, he joined the local team, San Cristobal, and began playing football. For the next three years, he played for Cristobal before moving on to the Atletico Madrid youth system.
In 1992, he joined the famous Real Madrid youth programme and began learning the game’s intricacies.
experience in a senior position
He signed his first professional deal with Real Madrid C in 1994, while the team was in the fourth tier. During the season, he appeared in seven games and scored 16 goals. His outstanding play earned him a promotion from Real Madrid B to the first squad within a year of his arrival. In addition, he played a key role in the Dallas Cup triumph.
He played the most of his career at Real Madrid, where he scored 323 goals in 741 games to finish second all-time in goals scored by a Real Madrid player. He’s also the club’s all-time leading scorer with 82 caps.
A good way to gauge his dominance was the fact that he became the face of Real Madrid. Six La Liga championships, three UEFA Champions League crowns, four Supercopa de Espaa titles and two international cups are among Ral’s accomplishments. At the end of his time with the club, he was named captain in 2003 and held that post until 2010.
Raul made the switch to Schalke 04 in 2010 on a two-year deal. He appeared in 66 games for the team, scoring 28 goals. Schalke decided to retire Ral’s number 7 shirt indefinitely after his departed because of his influence.
Raul signed a contract with Al Sadd in the Stars League in 2012, headquartered in Qatar. Abdulla Koni was relieved of his duties as captain by the legendary footballer. The next year, Al Sadd led the Qatar Stars League to victory in the 2012–13 season.
While playing for the New York Cosmos in 2014, Ral scored four goals and provided five assists as the team went unbeaten in the spring season, going 5-1-1 with five victories and five draws.
A career that takes you all around the world
He debuted for Spain’s U20 squad in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1995, where he played. Following that, he was a member of the U-21 squad that represented the United States in the 1996 UEFA European Championship in France.
Ral scored 44 goals in 102 appearances for the senior squad, including six in the finals of major competitions, setting a new national record. Spain finished 6th and 3rd in his two appearances in the FIFA World Cups, respectively.
The completion of the Qatari football season marked the end of Ral’s senior career, which had spanned 20 years. He announced his retirement from professional football on March 5, 2014.
However, on 30 October 2014, he returned to professional soccer as a member of the New York Cosmos, where he scored 8 goals in 28 games.
The Cosmos concluded the regular season with the best record and won the North American Supporters’ Trophy. Raul then announced his retirement from professional soccer at the end of the season.
His final international encounter came against Northern Ireland on September 6th, a 3–2 loss in Belfast in which he struck the post late in the game.