Spanish legend Raul Gonzalez bowed out of football in style on Sunday with a NASL title medal.
Raul, who lies behind Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest goalscorer in Real Madrid history, was the figurehead of a New York Cosmos side which edged out the Ottawa Fury 3-2.
Although he didn’t find the net on his final outing, he did grab a crucial assist to set up strike partner Gaston Cellerino for his hat trick.
Playing alongside his former international team-mate Marcos Senna, the iconic striker added the Soccerbowl to a glowing list of achievements.
Here at talkinbaws, we love Raul. And here are five reasons why..
He broke the Real Madrid scoring record
In 2009 against Sporting Gijon, Raul smashed Alfredo di Stefano’s long-standing Real Madrid scoring record of 307.
The guided volley from Los Blancos’ No7 was a monumental moment in his career.
He would go on to net a further 15 times for Madrid, leaving the record at 323.
Something no player was likely to match ever again.. that was until Cristiano Ronaldo came on the scene.
‘Mr Champions League’
His Los Blancos team-mate Christoph Metzelder once christened him ‘Mr Champions League’.
Before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo tore up the record books, Raul’s stats were incomparable.
He is third on the list of all-time scorers in Europe’s premier competition and has also lifted ‘Old Big Ears’ on three occasions (1998, 2000 and 2002).