Raúl González (27 June 1977) is considered one of the most important players in the history of Real Madrid and regarded as one of the greatest Spanish players of all-time. He spent 16 years of his career playing for this club and is the club’s second all-time top goalscorer with 323 goals.
Although he did not win any major competitions while playing for the Spain national team, he scored a then-record 44 goals in 102 appearances for la Roja, appearing in three FIFA World Cups and two European championships.
In 2010, Raúl moved to Schalke 04 after spending 16 years at Real Madrid, bringing his remarkable time at the Bernabéu to an end. After a quiet start to life at Schalke, Raúl proved he still possessed magnificent goal-scoring ability by scoring 19 goals in his first season, including two hattricks. In the DFB-Pokal semi-final he scored a key goal to beat Bayern 0-1. Raúl and Schalke finished the season by lifting the DFB-Pokal, his first ever domestic cup title, and beating Dortmund in the German Super Cup.
At the age of 17, Raúl made his debut for Real Madrid in October 1994. Rapidly, he became a sensation in Spain, contributing 9 goals in his first season to help Real win LaLiga in 1994-95. He lifted his second league trophy with them in 1996-97, scoring 21 goals.
A natural goal-scorer, Raúl was crowned Spanish Footballer of the Year in 1997, and he won the UEFA Champions League and Spanish Super Cup the following season. Raúl had become Real Madrid’s new star and would change the club forever.
During the early 2000s, Raúl enjoyed immense success with Real Madrid. He won his third LaLiga title in 2001 and the UEFA Champions League title in both 2000 and 2002. Raúl scored in both UEFA Champions League finals and became the competition top goal-scorer for two consecutive years.
His elegant trademark chip, intelligence and superiority in the box made him unlike any other striker. As he rose to iconic status, he was named Spanish Footballer of the Year for the fifth time in 2002.