Tribute to Raúl
Raul scored a penalty towards Espanyol to make it 200 La Liga objectives, becoming a member of an elite group of gamers who’ve scored 200 and extra, together with former Actual stars Hugo Sanchez and Alfredo Di Stefano.
The ‘King of Spain’ as I prefer to name him is the fifth high scorer in La Liga historical past and he nonetheless wants 52 objectives to be the all-time high scorer.
One wonders if he would ever get that honor as he’s 30 now and never bettering. Some would say he is again to his greatest as he is having a great season, however fact be instructed he is peaked and at this level he is simply the most effective he might be.
He had 3 wasted years the place I believe he would have simply been the highest scorer within the league thus far if it wasn’t for that point. His issues appear to stem from the Actual Madrid presidents’ obsession with so-called galacticos. A time period used to explain soccer gamers of immense recognition and advertising and marketing skill.
It went properly with the acquisitions of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane as they all the time performed the ball on the bottom and depended extra on ability than tempo, which suited Raul.
By the point Ronaldo after which David Beckham have been purchased, Actual’s fashion of play modified, with Beckham nonetheless in search of the lengthy, exact punts that suited the extra athletic and fast Ronaldo than Raul. Raul discovered himself a part of a cog to feed Ronaldo slightly than a system that suited his fashion of play. It has been alleged that he fell in love with the sport and his broken knee ligaments solely did not assist his temper both. All in all, it was a foul time in Madrid with reviews on 2 sides. Raul, Guti, Michel Salgado and others mentioned to be in 1 and Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Robinho and others mentioned to be within the different though Carlos was friendlier to the Raul facet than Ronaldo.
Fabio Capello’s arrival and Ronaldo’s subsequent departure helped ease the stress at Actual Madrid so far as Raul was involved and he appeared to regain his urge for food for the sport.
It is no coincidence that this season with Raul enjoying the place he likes and primarily supporting Ruud Van Nistleroy, his aim tally has improved much more as a result of final season underneath Fabio Capello, despite the fact that his health has improved , it was performed away from the opposition aim because it was. whether or not in midfield or behind the scenes.
This has been mentioned previously and even Guillem Ballague, the Spanish soccer skilled from sky sports activities, has mentioned that Raul is a participant who is just not an ideal 10 in any capability as a result of he feels that Raul doesn’t could not dribble, did not have good rhythm or might use his proper foot.
I’ve heard this all tagged towards Raul earlier than that he would not excel at a specific attribute, however I strongly disagree. At his greatest and that was earlier than Alex Ferguson ended his profession calling him the most effective participant on the earth after tearing up Manchester United; he was the neatest attacker on the earth as a result of he appeared to have a pc for his mind.
He instinctively knew when to lob a goalkeeper or when to spherical him and he actually ought to have gained European Footballer of the Yr numerous occasions. In any case, if Michael Owen can obtain such an award, so ought to Raul.
He might not have been blessed with a breakneck tempo and albeit, I do not perceive some folks’s obsession with quick gamers, however he was an important participant when he was at his greatest. He might dribble previous opponents on a 1v1 foundation as a lot as any striker and his first contact was higher than any striker besides Juventus’ Alessandro Del Piero.
Perhaps he could not get previous 3 or 4 opponents and in contrast to gamers like Thierry Henry he could not exploit the area given to him resulting from his blistering lack of tempo, however not like Henry he might exploit no matter area was obtainable to him as a result of he might spin on a sixpence and create one thing out of nothing.
He’s the all-time high scorer within the Champions League with 61 objectives and his nation’s high scorer with 44 objectives in 102 matches. He’s extensively revered in Spain and I suppose by the entire soccer group as one of many best if not the best Spanish participant of all time.