A true legend of the beautiful game, a hero of the Berna-beau, a marksman, and a specialist, Raul Gonzalez is and always will known as a Madrista.
Today was indeed a sad day for Real, as they bid farewell to one of the true legends of Real Madrid, but his name will forever live in the history of a club so rich with value and success.
Now Raul will go on and look to re-establish himself with a new club, new ambitions and goals. He might only have a few years left in football, and he will want to extract the most out of it.
With his making the switch to England, and after such a successful career in Madrid playing over 700 matches and scoring 323 goals, I don't think he'll look to stay in Spain.
So let's look at the five possible destinations for the former Spain International.
Well in terms of success, history, and ambition, Liverpool fits the bill for a player that carries a huge reputation.
On the other hand, Liverpool need players. Raul on a free-transfer would be the best move so far from Roy Hodgson. Linking up with Torres up front could be one of the best attacking combinations in the league in terms of goal scoring ability.
Earlier today we read reports suggesting Spurs won't go for Raul despite him leaving Real Madrid, but that could just be mind games while they look towards a proposal.
Spurs qualifying for Champions League football could attract Raul.
Yes, another English club. Arsenal are in need of some real experience, and Raul could be vital for a serious title challenge.
He brings so much more than just his striking role to the team, having played at he highest level. His knowledge of the game is so important, and that's one of the key ingredients that Arsenal lack.
Also, Raul will look to one to be part of the team more regularly, and I feel if he moves to Arsenal he could get that opportunity.
Well, this choice won't be for anything more than the money, I feel, with all due respect to City.
But yes, they are looking to challenge for the title and break into the Champions League, but City are a young team in terms of "superstar" status, and Raul doesn't have much time to wait for the club to grow.
Also, at 33, he won't be able to play as much as he would like; City having the players they have and still looking for more would mean sitting on the sidelines more often than not. So, while he could be attracted by the challenge, the money could be something that could attract him more.
A tricky choice, Milan are looking to freshen up the squad so maybe he's not what they are looking for, but again I feel Raul will want to go to a club that has some history, success, and at an appetite for more.
Milan, maybe—maybe not, the challenge is definitely one that could interest him, but we are aware that age is not on his side, so more likely not.
Nevertheless, I still feel it will be England, he's past the age where the glitz and the glamour would be a factor. He enjoyed his career in the spotlight and maybe a move to Spurs could be the one that allows him to play with more freedom.
We will have to wait and see which direction he takes, but personally I believe he won't stay in Spain, maybe out of respect for Madrid, maybe to test the waters elsewhere.
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