Many conclusions have been drawn this season for Real Madrid. For many, their season was a failure, as they have lost games when it mattered the most.
For others, this season was a success, particularly for people like Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Pellegrini; Ronaldo has shown his consistency by scoring countless goals despite being held back by injury.
Pellegrini has shown his mastery at coaching by molding together a group of stars who in the beginning were totally out of sync with each other. He's made them into a strong footballing machine that just needs some more fine tuning to really challenge for titles.
Many other conclusions have been drawn by people of differing opinions, but one thing is for sure—Raúl is probably going to leave Real Madrid in the summer.
Raúl is one of the greatest Real Madrid players ever, if not the greatest. He is Madrid's highest ever scorer and has played for the club his entire career. However, this season hasn't been his greatest so far.
Due to the fantastic form of forwards Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo, Raúl has dropped down in the pecking order in the striker's department, even despite the fact that Benzema has had a terrible season that has been rattled by injuries and poor form.
Because of his lack of playing time, many tip Raúl to seek a transfer to another club; most suspect a move to Major League Soccer in the United States.
But if Raúl does move out, should Ronaldo "inherit" the No. 7 jersey from the legendary Blanco? Everyone knows about Ronaldo's love for the No. 7 jersey. He wore it at Manchester United (joining the legends to have worn the famed jersey number) and subsequently became "CR7."
But although Ronaldo is one of the best in the world, should he take the number of a player who has given his life to the club and has become the club's best ever player? Ronaldo may become a legend in the future; he definitely has the potential to join those ranks.
But Raúl is a legend in a class of his own. He's one of the loyal legends, definitely comparable to players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Raúl has given his all for the club, while Ronaldo has only been at the club for a few years.
Ronaldo's merits shouldn't be discounted, though. He was the player that Real Madrid bought for a world record transfer fee, and he has won many awards, including a World Player of the Year award.
Many believe Ronaldo to be the best in the world, or at least the best next to Messi. Ronaldo has some mind boggling skills and his dead ball mastery is stunning.
In the end though, I believe Raúl's number should be retired. Ronaldo probably will join the ranks of the greats such as Eusebio and others, but at this point it's too early to know. Besides, Raúl has given his all for Madrid.
Raúl should be given the respect he deserves. Madrid should rightfully retire the No. 7 jersey when Raúl leaves to honor such a fantastic and loyal player.