By guest writer Thomas Rooney
Real Madrid’s Raul has achieved so much in his career as a professional footballer that it is very easy to forget he is still only 31-years-old. It was exactly 14 years ago that he made his debut as a 17-year-old against Zaragoza and now, still going strong, he is all set to break a number of club records.
Before discussing the records Raul is set to break, it is worth noting the ones that he currently has in his possession. He is the leading scorer amongst all the current Spanish league players and is has scored the most goals in the history of the European Champions League. Finally, he has the proud honour of being Spain’s leading scorer of all time with 44 goals in 102 internationals.
Like I have already mentioned though, these records are poised to be added to. Raul is just seven goals behind Real Madrid’s club league record of 216 set by Alfredo Di Stefano. This record has remained intact for 44 years, so it would be quite some achievement when Raul breaks it.
This isn’t the only Real Madrid record that Raul is on the verge of breaking though. With 290 goals in all competitions for the club, he is only 11 goals behind Di Stefano’s record of 301. Again, this will be a remarkable moment for the Spaniard when he achieves it.
So, what does the future hold for Raul other than breaking endless Real Madrid records? Well, he has claimed that he can continue playing at the top level for another ‘three or four years’ and considering these will most likely be completed as a Real Madrid player – all football odds suggest he is not only going to break Di Stefano’s records, he is going to smash them. It will be a long time before we are talking about someone breaking Raul’s records, that’s for sure.
One aim of Raul’s will be to establish himself in the Spanish team once again. He was overlooked for the European Championships earlier this year and will hope that he can force his way back into the reckoning. Should he continue to play a part in Real Madrid’s recent good run of form, I’m pretty sure many football bets will be backing him to do just that.
Regardless of what Raul achieves in the future though, he will go down as one of the all time legends of the game. Real Madrid and Spain have been fortunate to have him at their disposal over these last 14 years and he has been one of the greatest players of the modern era.