Spanish football legend, Raúl González Blanco has announced his retirement from football. Raul has said that he will retire from the game he dedicated all his life to after the end of the current season with United States’ New York Cosmos in November.
Raul began his career in 1994 with Spanish giant Real Madrid; a footballing life that spanned over two decades with so many laurels and honours.
Raul won 21 major trophies in his 21-year footballing career.
His individual honours include the FIFA 100 nomination, Ballon d’Or silver award in 2001 and the FIFA World Player of the Year bronze award.
The 38 year old played for Real Madrid, German side Schalke 04, Qatari team Al Saad, and New York Cosmos.
Raul said, “My decision is to retire from playing at the end of this season. I am fully focused on finishing the season strong and helping the New York Cosmos win the NASL Championship. In the coming months I will decide the next step in my career.
“Playing soccer has been part of my life for so long and the decision to retire is not an easy one but I believe it is the right time.
“I’m thankful to everyone who has supported me throughout my career and I look forward to playing my final games with the New York Cosmos over the coming weeks,” he added.
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