Raúl González Blanco

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  • Sport: Soccer
  • Born:June 27, 1977,
  • Residence:New York, USA

Universally known as Raúl, he is acknowledged as one of Real Madrid and Spain’s greatest players, having scored 228 goals in 550 La Liga games for the club over a period of 17 years. In all competitions, he played 741 times, scoring a record 323 goals, 16 more than Alfredo Di Stéfano.

Biography

With Real Madrid, he won six La Liga titles and three Champions League titles. He was captain of the team from 2003 to 2010.

In the Champions League, he is the currently the third leading goalscorer with 71 behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Raúl was also captain of the Spanish national team for five years and scored 44 goals in 102 games, which was then a record, and played in three FIFA World Cups and two European Championships.

In 2010 he left Real Madrid and moved to German club Schalke 04, for whom he played 66 times and scored 28 goals. In February 2012, he scored the 400th goal of his career and at the end of that season moved to the Middle East to play for Qatar club Al Sadd. On March 5, 2014, Raúl announced he would retire from professional football at the end of the Qatari football season, marking the end of a 20-year senior career. However, in October 2014, he was persuaded to return to the game and signed a contract with New York Cosmos, for whom he still plays.

Raúl is the only player to have won the UEFA Best Forward of the Year Award three times, in 2000, 2001 and 2002, he does have the distinction of never have received a red card in his professional career.