Earlier this month, Real Madrid legend Raul announced that he was ready to bring the curtain down on his glittering, trophy-laden career at the grand old age of 38.
Raul currently plays for Pele’s former club, New York Cosmos, in the North American Soccer League, one tier below the MLS.
And at the end of the current NASL season, the former Spain striker will hang up his boots and take a bit of time off, and continue living in New York whilst he weighs up his options.
The news leaves Cosmos in a bit of a quandary. Raul is not only the club’s marquee player, but also the team’s principal starting striker.
Is there anyone out there able enough to fill his boots?
Step forward Georgios Samaras.
The former Celtic striker, still only 30, is without a club after troubled spells at West Brom and Saudi club Al-Hilal and he’s been training with the team in the Big Apple aiming to win a deal.
The former Greek international was linked with a move to Cosmos earlier this year, but a permanent deal never materialised.
However, Cosmos boss Gio Savarese told the club’s website:
He wanted a place to train and he feels very comfortable with us.
Swapping Raul for Samaras? Seems legit.