Raul went out on a high note last night and in a white shirt, no less (sadly, not our’s). The New York Cosmos won the 2015 NASL Championship.
Prior to the match some of his buddies at Real Madrid sent him special messages.
Here’s some photos and video from the celebrations.
It was also retirement day for ex-Villareal man Marcos Senna. Both he and Raul celebrated together with a bone crunching hug.
And Raul’s family was there to share the joy. I can’t believe how big Maria is now!
Here’s Raul’s press conference post-match:
And check out this slideshow on Soccer Bible – they have some fantastic photos of Raul and the team by Nathan Congleton.
The ‘Peez shared some thoughts on what Raul means to Madridistas:
Every Madrid supporter is aware of the true importance of his gigantic role. Raúl is an essential figure when it comes to assessing Real Madrid’s most recent history. Raúl embodies the essential values and principles that are enshrined in the sacred code of Real Madrid.
As the president of Real Madrid, it is a special feeling to see him conclude his playing career. This is the farewell to one of the greatest players in our legendary club history. I am privileged to have been able to share unforgettable experiences and titles with him such as La Novena.
However, above all I will be left with something that unites us all in a special way. The pride of belonging to a team that is obsessed with obtaining victory.
For every Real Madrid fan, Raúl was, is, and always will be, an example of honesty, work, the ability to resist defeat and someone that is passionate about football.
As such, throughout his 16 seasons at Real Madrid, he was able to represent the values of this institution in a way that befits the great legends of our 113-year history.
His 16 titles won in our shirt demonstrate his greatness, his sense of loyalty and his commitment to Real Madrid.
Young people and anyone that dreams of becoming a part of this team, will have a slightly easier path if they take a closer look at a player who has always displayed an exemplary attitude and behaviour.
Today is a time to once again reiterate our gratitude for the 741 games where he defended the principles of Real Madrid. 741 games during which he showed his responsibility as a great captain, as well as immense respect towards teammates, fans, rivals and former players that had led the way in the past.
For Raúl, holding the record for number of games played with Real Madrid has always been part of his duty and sense of loyalty. For Madrid supporters, it is an honour.
Today, wherever he may be, I am sure that our beloved president of honour Alfredo Di Stéfano will feel the pride that all of us who love Raúl feel. Raúl was one of Alfredo Di Stéfano’s great and worthy successors.
Thank you Raúl, for having helped to make Real Madrid great with your dedication and talent. Thank you for having perfectly understood our sense of what it means to overcome, and our maxim of never giving in. Thank you for all that you have meant to football and thanks for embodying our club badge the way that you have done.
Dear Raúl, your example will be forever recognised at Real Madrid, where you know that the doors are always open to you because for years, you fuelled the legend of the Whites and because you too are a legend.
(Gotta admit that I side-eyed the “wherever he may be” reference to Di Stefano. You throwing shade, Flo Peezy or just being all PC philosophical? Let’s hope it’s the latter, because I don’t think even you have the cojones for the former.)
Gracias Raul! Congratulations to both you and Marcos and best of luck on your next steps. We look forward El Angel’s eventual, inevitable return to Real Madrid.